Victims of human trafficking, through various methods, enter the world of slavery. This world is their living hell. Traffickers are cruel and clever, preying on people who are vulnerable and desperate for a better life.
Victims are deceived, lied to, promised false dreams and, at times, abducted. Why? To make money for human traffickers – the modern-day slave traders.
Who are the victims?
There is no one typical ‘profile’ of a victim of Human Trafficking. Anyone can be trafficked. They may be well educated or have no formal education.One factor, however, that does seem common to victims is vulnerability.
Why are victims vulnerable?
victims may be vulnerable for many reasons, but in general their immediate environment seems to provides little hope for the future with no opportunities for improvement.
Instability and danger due to war, extreme poverty, no educational opportunties, a violent or neglectful family situation. These are just some factors which can result in ‘dreams of a better life elsewhere.’
THE LIE: “A better life is waiting for you.”
When traffickers show up with their pretty brochures and sweet stories of economic success, freedom or financial independence. “Promises” of work or education in another town, city or country and suddenly the future looks brighter. WRONG. Within hours of entering slavery the ‘breaking down’ process begins. In order to gain complete control of the newly acquired slaves, traffickers begin to de-humanize the victims through beatings, torture, rape, psychological abuse, and threats of violence to other family members. The list is endless. And this is all driven by the traffickers goal of making profit.
Are children victims too?
YES. Children are the most vulnerable victims -trusting and innocent.
It is estimated that every sixty seconds two more children are trafficked into slavery.
Forced begging, forced sex, pornography, forced begging, factory work, mining, fishing, carpet weaving, cocoa harvesting, cotton picking. These are some ways in which children are commercially exploited. Child Soldiers is another.
Why don’t victims just run away?
Some do. We acknowledge their courage.
But read these typical threats they receive. Put yourself in their situation. What would you do in a foreign city/country, unfamiliar with the language, th laws, alone, betrayed and terrified?
“We know where your family is. If you try to run away, your little boy will pay the price.”
“We have your passport now. If you run to the Police you’ll be arrested – and sent back home.”
“If you try to run away, we’ll kill your parents.”
Can undocumented migrants become victims of Human Trafficking?
Yes. This is where Human Smuggling intersects with Human Trafficking.
Smugglinlg is a ‘crime against a border’ [State].
Trafficking is a ‘crime against an individual’.
Suppose a person enters a country illegally but is not able to find paid work. He or she is now a perfect target for traffickers who can exploit or blackmail the victim for financial gain using the constant threat of deportion or imprisonment.
Global anti-slavery organizations and law enforcement operations around the planet are identifying trafficking situations and freeing slaves. These organisations need your support. Please see the links on the home page. As you can imagine the psychological and physical state of a child or an adult who has been beaten, locked up, starved, raped is overwhelming. The people who offer medical, emotional, spiritual, legal support need your assistance to set up and run best practices shelters and to provide recovery services so that victims can re-start their lives with hope and goals. Use the Internet to find out if you can support a shelter in your city, state, country.
The video The Price of Sex may help you understand the brutality of recruiters, traffickers and often clients.
THE PRICE OF SEX
The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing and revealing, it is a story told by the young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal investigative journey, exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe. Filming undercover and gaining extraordinary access, Chakarova illuminates how even though some women escape to tell their stories, sex trafficking thrives. The film will premiere in 2011. Please see the website The Price of Sex
There are over 100,000 child soldiers in Asia alone.
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