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Slavery Of The 21st Century - Human Trafficking

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posted on Feb, 1 2007 @ 08:00 AM
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Human trafficking is one issue that we can not continue to overlook. Young women from all over the world are being prostituted and used as sex slaves several times a day for some demented individuals to turn a profit. This pandemic has been growing in recent years and did not garner much media in the process of fighting back. The United States are trying to change that and begin to fight back against a problem that has already grown too large.
 



www.cnn.com
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The United States has launched hundreds of new investigations to combat human trafficking for prostitution and labor exploitation inside its borders, U.S. authorities have announced. Calling human trafficking "the equivalent of modern day slavery," U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales vowed on Wednesday to keep the issue a top priority for federal law enforcement agencies.

The Justice Department also has created a unit designed to pursue human trafficking cases, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Wan Kim. Justice authorities said it would be the first time the Civil Rights Division would have a team of lawyers working exclusively on human trafficking cases. The unit initially will have four attorneys experienced in prosecuting human trafficking cases, Kim said.

Justice Department and FBI officials said they are using more attorneys and investigators to find and prosecute international human trafficking rings, which lure primarily young women from Asian, Eastern European and Latin American countries to the United States with false promises of jobs and husbands.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


As quoted in the article, Human trafficking is the modern day slavery. A woman who is raped is the true definition of a victim. Rape or any other sexual offense carries a stigma with it that an individual can never overcome. If the offense is against a minor, well you can increase that stigma tenfold. Our society does not tolerate the sexual mistreatment of any woman or child. And rightfully so.

But if you think about it, rape is one incident. (For the most part) Victims of human trafficking are being raped up to four and five times a day, every day. When they are not being raped by "clients", they are being beaten by their captives. This is going on under our noses and it is our neighbors that are paying for the service.

If those amongst us were not as twisted and demented as they are, their would not be a market for it. As much as we point the fingers at those who kidnap these individuals, we need to be looking at ourselves. People among us keep this market alive and it seems to be flourishing. I am ecstatic to finally see some light being shone in this direction and hopefully the ongoing battle begins to swing in our direction.

Whether you are a paying client or the individuals who did the kidnapping, you both deserve the same punishment. Human trafficking is the most despicable act we as a human being could ever be involved in.

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posted on Feb, 1 2007 @ 08:09 AM
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Human Trafficking

There was a video done on this issue starring Mira Sorvino & Donald Sutherland. There is an excellent preview of the film on Autoplay when you visit the site. I highly recommend it and the film. It is a tad lengthy, but it provides some serious insight to the issue at hand.



This is a statement from Condoleeza Rice on the subject which was sparked from the recent World Cup in Germany. Countless women were sent to Germany for sexual purposes against their own will, and this video shines a light on that.





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posted on Feb, 1 2007 @ 01:52 PM
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Here is another YouTube video that covers the subject of Human Trafficking. This video attempts to put a face on the victims and tries to make those who do not understand, understand.

Once we begin to see the victims, the issue takes on a whole new perspective.




posted on Feb, 1 2007 @ 02:48 PM
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They should investigate the UN and Halliburton. They are in this kind of business. In South Korea, the south korean government provided prostitutes to soldiers, in Bosnia, in a lot of countries where the UN is stationned.



posted on Feb, 1 2007 @ 02:55 PM
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I live in Germany and have visited brothels (They have one near every british base over here) Nearly all the girls are from the old soviet countries and none of them want to be there, the agencies had told them they'd be working in Guest houses not brothels. Needless to say I didn't touch the girls, a couple of our guys have complained to our seniors about this, a couple of weeks later one of the brithels has closed down.

Human trafficking is very real in Europe and germany's sex trade is the biggest reason



posted on Feb, 1 2007 @ 03:57 PM
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Originally posted by Jimmy1880
Human trafficking is very real in Europe and germany's sex trade is the biggest reason


Human Trafficking is normally directed to different minorities within the United States. They are taken from their home country and smuggled into the United States. This may be very real in Europe, but it is also very real within the United States.

HumanTrafficking.Org

If anyone has not viewed the second video I have posted in this thread, I recommend you go back and view it. A face needs to be put on the victims of this and their story needs to be heard. I can not even imagine what their day to day life consists of. Filled with hopes and dreams of coming to the United States to live of a life their parents could not of wished on them. Then they arrive and realize the harsh reality that they have entered.

Not even the word figures in our history deserves to be put through some of the stuff these young women and children are being put through. All at the hands of our peers and neighbors who are paying for the service.



posted on Feb, 1 2007 @ 04:08 PM
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Originally posted by chissler
Young women from all over the world are being prostituted and used as sex slaves several times a day for some demented individuals to turn a profit.

That is one of the problems, the fact that almost all people think that human trafficking uses only women, men are also sold in this way.

In Europe there some organizations trying to give information to people in their own countries so they do not fall in the trap of someone "helping" them to come to Europe to work.

Many of those people are lured with supposed work contracts in Europe, but when they arrive are sent to houses from where they cannot escape.



posted on Feb, 1 2007 @ 04:25 PM
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Let us not forget about Asia...


Sex tourism is a very lucrative industry that spans the globe. In 1998, the International Labour Organization reported its calculations that 2-14% of the gross domestic product of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Phillipines, and Thailand derives from sex tourism. In addition, while Asian countries, including Thailand, India, and the Phillipines, have long been prime destinations for child-sex tourists, in recent years, tourists have increasingly traveled to Mexico and Central America for their sexual exploits as well.
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The most significant societal factor that pushes children into prostitution is poverty. Many nations with thriving sex tourism industries are nations that suffer from widespread poverty resulting from turbulent politics and unstable economies. Poverty often correlates with illiteracy, limited employment opportunities, and bleak financial circumstances for families. Children in these families become easy targets for procurement agents in search of young children. They are lured away from broken homes by "recruiters" who promise them jobs in a city and then force the children into prostitution. Some poor families themselves prostitute their children or sell their children into the sex trade to obtain desperately needed money. Gender discrimination also works in tandem with poverty; in many countries, female children have fewer educational opportunities or prospects for substantial employment. Consequently, they must find other means of earning a living.
]'Sex Tourism'


Early one morning, our producer walks out the front door of the hotel and is greeted by a local motor bike taxi driver, who explains how easy it is to find girls for sale: Twelve-year-olds for sale. As shocking as that sounds, we're about to find out in some places that's considered old. Children who should be in elementary school are being exploited by adults.
about Cambodia


There are up to one million children held in sex slavery and prostitution in Asia, often for tourists inside and outside the region. They are found in Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Taiwan.

Poverty is often cited as the reason for child prostitution's boom in Asia, but ECPAT finds this simplistic. Asked O'Grady: ''Why is it that some families sell their children and others do not? Why does this happen in one poor village and not another?''

He cites the case of a woman who sold her daughter in order to buy a television set, or a village headman who brokers the sale of village children to finance his lifestyle or drug habit. ''This is not poverty -- this is greed,'' he says.
'Asia Sex Trade'


It's not the slavery of the 21st century... it's been happening far before the turn of the century. (That last report is from 1995...) I can't find any numbers on how long it's been happening, because it was simply labelled 'prostitution' with no indication of the age of the women...


Yet another example of objective materialism, in my opinion. A complete emotional disconnect...



Edited to add:

The U.S. military budget request by the Bush Administration for Fiscal Year 2007 is $462.7 billion.
source

The US has given $400 million... that's a start, I guess.


(Not trying to belittle the effort - but it's clear where the govt's focus truly is...)

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posted on Feb, 1 2007 @ 04:29 PM
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Originally posted by ArMaP
That is one of the problems, the fact that almost all people think that human trafficking uses only women, men are also sold in this way.


As a man who works in a female dominated profession, believe me I understand all to well about gender stereotypes. I do not mean to presume that men are not affected by this problem, but women certainly make up the majority of victims. And for the sake of discussion, women play the role of the victim much better then men do.

Let's face it, if a woman reports to the police that a man has raped her, that man's life is ruined. Guilty or not, his life is over as he knows it. If a man reports he has been raped by a woman, he will and has been mocked. Guys are sexually deviant and take it whenever and wherever they can get it. This is a stereotype that we've not been able to overcome.

So I do acknowledge that men are affected by this. But the victims that the news and media plaster on our televisions and posters are those of females. Society has always been more sympathetic to the needs of women.



posted on Feb, 1 2007 @ 08:26 PM
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Originally posted by ArMaP

Originally posted by chissler
Young women from all over the world are being prostituted and used as sex slaves several times a day for some demented individuals to turn a profit.

That is one of the problems, the fact that almost all people think that human trafficking uses only women, men are also sold in this way.


Most frighteningly, what of the children?


Women and girls forced to work as prostitutes are blackmailed by the threat that traffickers will tell their families. Trafficked children are dependent on their traffickers for food, shelter and other basic necessities. Traffickers also play on victims' fears that authorities in a strange country will prosecute or deport them if they ask for help.
UN Link


Interpol also have activities in the different regions of the world to ensure that law enforcement officers understand the need to act upon requests involving children at risk, and create a global understanding on how to address victim identification and help rescue children being sexually abused and pornographically exploited.
Interpol

This has been going on for years, yet the main-stream media seem to ignore the high numbers of children that are sold into sexual slavery.



posted on Feb, 1 2007 @ 09:47 PM
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This is a major problem in countries like Israel and Turkey. Women are selected from poor villages to "work for textile factories" and such, and are then shipped off to these countries as forced to "pay off" their travel fines to get back home. Of course, even though the money their kidnapper makes from their prostitution is large, he gives so very little to them that they end up having to add more fines to their debt. There was a very well done documentary filmed showing how these women are sold. Some are so mentally and physically abused by people paying for sex, that their kidnappers will find them no longer useful and kill them.



posted on Feb, 1 2007 @ 09:50 PM
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Originally posted by DJMessiah
This is a major problem in countries like Israel and Turkey.


I think we are underestimating the extent of this problem on the western hemisphere. The fact so little has been done to defend it, none of us can say for sure what the numbers are. But I think it is suffice to say that this is a serious issue on our own soil. This is not strictly a European issue.



posted on Feb, 1 2007 @ 10:03 PM
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I think we are underestimating the extent of this problem on the western hemisphere. The fact so little has been done to defend it, none of us can say for sure what the numbers are. But I think it is suffice to say that this is a serious issue on our own soil. This is not strictly a European issue.

Yeah, it's over north america also. And Halliburton is running child kidnapping rings, this was released 2 years ago I think. The UN is also impliqued.



posted on Feb, 1 2007 @ 10:15 PM
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Originally posted by Vitchilo
Yeah, it's over north america also. And Halliburton is running child kidnapping rings, this was released 2 years ago I think. The UN is also impliqued.


Considering you've said this twice, do you have anything to substantiate it? I'm interested in reading into it.



posted on Feb, 1 2007 @ 11:31 PM
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Well, here it is it's a bunch of links. From the Chicago Tribune, from prisonplanet, ect... very interesting and disgusting.



posted on Feb, 2 2007 @ 01:29 AM
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Originally posted by chissler

Originally posted by ArMaP
That is one of the problems, the fact that almost all people think that human trafficking uses only women, men are also sold in this way.

So I do acknowledge that men are affected by this. But the victims that the news and media plaster on our televisions and posters are those of females. Society has always been more sympathetic to the needs of women.


Um, wow, no. Society has not always been more sympathetic to the needs of women. Now, in modern times, for certain issues, in some places, they are. In the past, not at all. They were sympathetic when it came to giving birth to babies. Other than that, no. The womans opinion was not valued, nor was her mind, nor was her potential, only her womb.

FAR more females are abused than males in this disgusting and abusive skin business, thats why they are used in advertising.



posted on Feb, 2 2007 @ 07:37 AM
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The Sex Fields of San Diego

The migrant workers call them the “reed beds.” Others use the overly euphemistic term, “fields of love.” They are squalid, little nests among the golden reeds surrounding the strawberry fields near San Diego. You’d drive right past them and never notice the towel wrapped around an oil pipeline marking the passageway through the reeds. You might even walk through the passageway and not notice the caves among the thickets. But there is no way to miss the stench of discarded condoms leaking into the ground. And the trash is everywhere –– empty beer bottles and plastic bags overflowing with condom packets. These markers are silent testimony to the cruel underworld of sexual trafficking. The sleazy evidence reveals but a glimpse into the horror endured by hundreds of little girls, aged 9 – 18, who are kidnapped and forced to service 20-35 men per day in unimaginable sexual slavery.


I first heard of this on Oprah of all places. This report goes on to tell about how they keep these girls from escaping. Either their babies are snatched from them at birth and they are told they will be killed if they escape, or they are beaten with hooks in front of the other girls .

They pick fields with tall grasses or weeds, and make little nests in them where they place the little girls and then give maps to the men. This happens all over the US, from San Diego to New York.

The fact that they have not been caught, is disgusting. Terrorist cells that are as easy to find as a needle in a hay stack are busted, but not this? There is no excuse, in my opinion.



posted on Feb, 2 2007 @ 07:52 AM
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Originally posted by Vitchilo
Well, here it is it's a bunch of links. From the Chicago Tribune, from prisonplanet, ect... very interesting and disgusting.


Yes, you can see how taxpayers money is used to finance human trafficking.

Lovely.



posted on Feb, 2 2007 @ 08:09 AM
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The State Department estimates that over 50,000 little girls and women are brought into the United States every year for sex slavery. Post-modern elites disagree when the President states unequivocally that prostitution is inherently harmful to women; meanwhile, the prostitution industry creates a demand that is increasingly insatiable and increasingly focuses on younger girls –– to the shame of any policy guru whose rhetoric about children emphasizes special agendas over the overwhelming needs of young children whose potential, or even their very existence, is being destroyed in strawberry patches and slum brothels.

What we have here is a very simple matter of "demand and supply" mathematics. Capitalism in its purest form. When the demands for young girls increases, the supply has to cover that demand. The question here is, who are these "post-modern elites", which actually create this demand, and how much power do they have, so that they can block out entire generations of girls being held for sex slaves. Is this the peak of our society? Is this how democracy functions at its best?



posted on Feb, 5 2007 @ 06:48 PM
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Originally posted by Souljah
What we have here is a very simple matter of "demand and supply" mathematics.


Which is why I believe those who pay for this "service" should be punished to the same extent as those who kidnap these young women while promising to fulfill all of their hopes and dreams.



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