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Human Trafficking -- What Can We Do About It? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2007-3-13 16:27:04 |Display all floors
Originally posted by changabula at 2007-3-12 15:57
What Consequences Do Victims Face?

Victims of trafficking for forced labor lose their freedom, becoming modern-day slaves. They experience permanent physical and psychologi ...



Young women used in prostitution wait for customer/exploiters in Mumbai's red light district. They face routine violence from pimps and customers and a wide range of diseases and adverse health effects -- from sexually-transmitted diseases and tuberculosis, to rape, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide, and murder.

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Customers/exploiters come from all over the world

Legalized or tolerated prostitution is a magnet for sex trafficking.

The U.S. Government considers prostitution to be "inherently demeaning and dehumanizing," and opposes efforts to legalize it. The PROTECT Act makes it illegal for an American to sexually abuse a minor in another country. Perpetrators can receive up to 30 years in jail.

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Can we Claim Ignorance?

Like slaves on an auction block waiting to be selected, victims of human trafficking have to perform as they are told or risk being beaten.

Sex buyers often claim they had no idea that most women and girls abused in prostitution are desperate to escape, or are there as a result of force, fraud, or coercion.

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Government Corruption?

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This brothel keeper and her slaves are in a red-light district in Mumbai, India. The women and girls used in prostitution may be exploited 10 to 40 times a night, sometimes keeping as little as 20 rupees (less than 50 cents) per encounter. The Madam takes the biggest cut for herself, then pays the landlord, the pimps, and her "protectors." Government corruption is one of the driving factors behind the burgeoning trade in human beings.
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Child Soldiers

Nearly 60 nations have pledged not to use children in their armies. A document, called the Paris Commitments, was signed in France by 58 countries, including Sudan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These countries still hit the headlines for having child soldiers. Two states that the United Nations says uses child soldiers - Burma and the Philippines - did not attend the Paris meeting. All 27 nations of the European Union added their weight to the promise to help disarm and rehabilitate underage soldiers, and prevent their recruitment. The U.N. estimates a quarter of a million youngsters are involved in over a dozen conflicts worldwide. As well as fighting, the kids serve as spies and sexual slaves. Girls make up nearly 40 percent of some armed groups. Their families often reject them when they return home.

The agreement is not yet part of the laws of any of the 58 countries. However, it is an important step forward. France’s Foreign Minister said the document was more than just "good words." He insisted, "it is a text that will have great political value". A UNICEF spokesman stressed it is important that governments and not only NGOs are acting. The speaker who made the biggest impact in Paris was Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier in Sierra Leone. He picked up a gun when he was just 13, after his parents and brothers were killed in his country’s civil war. He is now 26 and lives in New York. He said: "Taking a gun and shooting someone was as easy as drinking a glass of water." He reminded the world that: "No one is born violent. No child in Africa, Latin America or Asia wants to be part of war."

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Post time 2007-3-13 17:16:08 |Display all floors
Child-organ Traffickers

The Azerbaijani government says it is keen to crack down on child traffickers who are believed to take children abroad and sell their organs for profit.

National Security Minister Namiq Abbasov said the authorities were investigating reports that sick children were being taken abroad for medical treatment and adoption and then being used for human transplants.

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Post time 2007-3-14 10:19:55 |Display all floors
Human trafficking is definitely evil, imposing severe punishment on these heinus acts is absolutely necessary in a civilized world.

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