Trafficking of Women & Children: A Disgrace
And I bet you thought slavery had ended in the United States at the end of the Civil War.
- Trafficking of all people female, children (female,male) and male for whatever reason is pure evil.
- Some 700,000 to 4 million women and children are trafficked per year around the world. It affects virtually every country in the world
- Russia is now believed to be the largest source of trafficking for prostitution and the sex industry
- as many as 750,000 women and children have been trafficked into the United States over the last decade
- global market of child trafficking at over $12 billion a year with over 1.2 million child victims
- destination countries in addition the U.S. are Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, France, India, Israel, Japan, Nigeria, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
- Traffickers can be family members and friends of the trafficking victim
- Over 5,000 women and children have been trafficked from the Philippines, Russia and Eastern Europe and are forced into prostitution in bars servicing the U.S. Military in South Korea
- in August 2001, soldiers with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Eritrea were purchasing ten-year-old girls for sex in local hotels
- victims of trafficking are subject to gross human rights violations including, rape, torture, forced abortions, starvation, and threats of torturing and/or murdering family members
The above represents only a selection of trafficking issues.
Laxmi’s Story — “I was 14 when I was sold.”
Please click on the graphic to read her story.
U.S. Definition of trafficking
The U.S. Government definition of trafficking in persons encompasses: “All acts
involved in the transport, harboring, or sale of persons within national or across
international borders through coercion, force, kidnaping, deception or fraud, for
purposes of placing persons in situations of forced labor or services, such as forced
prostitution, domestic servitude, debt bondage or other slavery-like practice
Need to broaden the definition
Some religious groups, as well as feminist organizations, have campaigned to broaden the definition of trafficking to include all forms of prostitution, whether forced or voluntary, on grounds that prostitution is never truly voluntary and that traffickers will simply force their victims to claim to be acting voluntarily.
The progressives response to broadening the definition
Others [read progressives] have rejected this broadened definition, arguing that it would impede the capacity of the international community to achieve consensus and act decisively against major traffickers. Note: Consensus nor acting decisively does not exist around the globe. The progressive is more concerned about being politically correct than to state it as it is.
Human trafficking (another definition)
Human trafficking is the trade in human beings, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or for the extraction of organs or tissues.
The World Bank sees the issue as a development issue. See Trafficking and Prostitution –a Development Issue
Frankly it seems that the U.S., other countries and the UN enjoy the exercise of writing on the topic. Some legislating has been enacted but enforcement is lacking. It seems to me, at least, that legislators are under the impression that once legislation is written, problem is solved. I suppose they think their hands are clean.
A few references: