According to an article Human Trafficking under the Veil of Sex Tourism in Thailand - Reactions of the EU by Gugić, Zrinka, human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, or transportation of people, by threatening and forcing them to surrender for the purpose of exploitation (356). These vulnerable people are treated as goods to be bought or sold, and exchanged over money. Moreover, they have no freedom of speech or right of choice since they are captivated by their owners. The numbers of trafficked people are increasing rapidly including mostly women and children who are forced into criminal activities such as prostitution, terrorism, and drug abuse. In addition to this, some are even coerced to slavery and sale of their organs. According to an article, “Trafficking in persons and development” by Gergana Danailova-Trainor and Frank Laczko, poverty is the root cause that needs to be addressed in order to prevent human trafficking (8). Illiterate people in the villages, who are trapped in vicious cycle of poverty, often sell their children for a source of income. It is extremely common in countries like Thailand, India, and Sri Lanka. In Thailand many of the girls are trafficked from their villages and forced to sex exploitation; sex industry in Thailand has a major contribution to the country’s gross domestic product. All of this contributes to human exploitation which
This paper will touch upon the significance of human trafficking in India, general trends and patterns of trafficking and some purposes, and a story from a woman named, Ayesha who was trafficked in India.
Sex trafficking is essentially systemic rape for profit. Force, fraud and coercion are used to control the victim’s behavior which may secure the appearance of consent to please the buyer (or john). Behind every transaction is violence or the threat of violence (Axtell par. 4). Just a decade ago, only a third of the countries studied by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime had legislation against human trafficking. (Darker Side, par.1) Women, children, and even men are taken from their homes, and off of the streets and are brought into a life that is almost impossible to get out of. This life is not one of choice, it is in most times by force. UNODC estimates that the total international human trafficking is a
Sex trafficking is a frightening reality for many young girls in our world. It's a money making endeavor that sells the youth of little girls around the world, sometimes with no repercussions of any kind. Even if we do not hear about it often in our day to day lives, every moment, a vast number of girls are being sold by sometimes otherwise unsuspecting looking people. In 2017 alone, there were more than 200 cases of sex trafficking in the United States(Aguirre, 2017). Sex trafficking violates our basic human rights by robbing these girls of their freedom by making them slaves to their pimps(Human Trafficking: A Human Rights Abuse with Global Dimensions, Birkenthal, p. 27). They ensnare them in a world of ongoing physical abuse, rape, exposure to diseases like HIV and AIDS, and both mental and emotional trauma. Why does this harrowing crime take place and who are the victims? Sex trafficking occurs due to financial struggle and an unpleasant home life.
Every year thousands of people of all genders, race, and age become victimized in sex trafficking. These people who become victims are usually vulnerable and are living in poverty structured areas. Many countries around the world are dealing with this serious issue, even in the United States. The United States federal law has defined sex trafficking as an act, “in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age” (Polaris Project). Sex trafficking is not only seen as a crime but is also seen as a business of supply and demand to many people. This business makes a profit of about 9.8 billion dollars a year. In recent events it has been shown that sex trafficking increases during big sporting events. As a result, some actions have been taken to combat the issue, but not enough. Therefore, due to the fact that sex trafficking is a worldwide issue and it is increasing over time; I will argue how there needs to be changes to the approach we have on the issue of sex trafficking.
Sex trafficking is a problem that is happening and occurring all over the world. Many families and individuals suffer due to sex trafficking. Many people are not even aware of what it really is. Sex trafficking is when young girls, as young as five or six, get kidnapped and are used for the sexual pleasure of others with a profit, or are sold as sex slaves to other people. The official definition is, “Human sex trafficking is a form of slavery and involuntary servitude resulting in grave human rights violations. Sex trafficking involves individuals profiting from the sexual exploitation of others and has severe physical and psychological consequences for its victims.” (The
The sex trade is not a choice; there many situational factors contributing as to how these women and children got into the sex trade. Most of the women and children who are bought and trafficked into this industry are vulnerable or have a background of abuse and neglect (4425 Hossain). Exploiters use the vulnerability to their advantage by making promises of stability and love to lure their victims in. Many
Asian girls are especially vulnerable to trafficking due to their traditional Asian cultural and social values. There is a need to obey parents and support the family. Too, females and children are often viewed as lower than men and in some cases are viewed as property to be sold or bargained with. These traditional cultural values create situations where females are susceptible to trafficking. Given these values and poverty mean that girls and their families may be easily deceived into accepting gainful employment with the assumption that they will be able to earn enough money to support their families.
Sex trafficking or servitude is the abuse of ladies or any individuals , inside national or crosswise over global borders, for the motivations behind constrained sex work. Business sexual abuse incorporates obscenity, prostitution and sex trafficking of ladies and young ladies, and is described by the misuse of an individual in return for cash. Based on “Inside the Lives of American Sex Slaves” Some sex trafficking is very distinctive, for example, road prostitution. Be that as it may, numerous trafficking sufferers stay inconspicuous, working out of massage stores in rural neighborhoods, along with street prostitutes, where 75% are selling themselves because they are working for a pimp.
Sex trafficking is a hidden issue in every country of the world; the overview of this ongoing and increasing problem includes, the meaning, the victims and the locations. Human trafficking has a central definition of modern day slavery which, in some fields, represents slavery from the past using forced labor. However, sex trafficking is the most common type of trafficking in North America (Hotline Statistics). Human trafficking is a 32 billion dollar organization which involves around 2.5 million people worldwide and has been increasing since 2015 (Facts on Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery). From the year 2007 to 2016, a total of 31,659 cases were reported in the United States alone and many of the cases were women induced into the sex trade (Hotline Statistics). Traffickers do not have standards for their victims, “Victims can be men or women, adults or children, foreign nationals or U.S. Citizens” (The Victims and Traffickers). Most victims are from similar backgrounds including runaway or homeless youth, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault cases, war or conflicted disputes, and social discrimination (The Victims and Traffickers). Drug addiction, school
The undergoing issue of sex trade and sex trafficking is going on and affecting underage girls selling their virginity's, sexual abuse and drug use is going on. As it is 2015 this is unacceptable and shouldn't’t be going on in third world countries nor first world countries like the USA and Canada where this is happening.
Every year in the United States, up to 300,00 children, aged 18 and younger, are forced into the commercial sex trade. Sex trafficking not only occurs in the United States but throughout the world. Not only are young girls trafficked but also young boys. Child sex trafficking is highly a major issue because of how victims are targeted, how it effects a child and their life and there are certain signs to look for to notice if a child is being trafficked.
According to the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) reported on human trafficking in the year of 2014, the highest percentage for victim gender is women with 49% and 18% for men. Girls are 21% and boys are 12%. The significant part of human trafficking are women and girl who are below eighteen. They are kidnapped into slavery and sex exploitation. Escape is very hard for them, unless they are rescued. They are mostly seen as prisoners. If the “husband” are sick of the person who is trafficked, they can be sold to others. In the sex industry, the life span becomes shorter for women because one would get transmitted diseases such HIV and AIDS. For the children, they might be kidnapped or sold to the traders by their parents because
Each year almost 800,000 women and young children are being trafficked across the borders. This happens in public and private locations (“Sex”). Women and young girls all together make up 98% of the victims of trafficking for sexual abuse. Sex trafficking is illegal in every country in the world. Woman being held as sex slaves is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world (Globa.).
According to the HDI of India gender inequality is still an issue (except in the more southern areas of India). Boys are favored over girls; girls are seen as an economic burden because in order to be married the family has to provide a dowry. Instead of paying for the dowry some families sell daughters into slavery; approximately 12% of individuals were given to human traffickers by relatives (Silverman et al. 2007). More than half of the individuals caught in human trafficking are illiterate/uneducated, therefore unlikely to report their situation to anyone who could help. Low education levels and gender inequity are serious culprits holding back the improvement of this condition. Overall, historical influence, surging population, intents poverty, limited education, and high gender inequity have all exacerbated the human trafficking issue in India.