Children Are Not Protected
– Children from Pakistan and Bangladesh are kidnapped or sold by their parents to traffickers who take them to Persian Gulf States including the
United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, to work as camel jockeys. These children 3 to 7 years of age and are malnourished to keep their weight below 35
pounds. They suffer physical abuse from the traffickers and work all day training camels. Many of these children suffer extreme injuries or death from
falling off camels during the races.
– Child victims of trafficking are very vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. Misconceptions that having sex with a virgin can cure HIV/AIDS have fueled an
increased demand for child prostitutes.
– Girls from 15 to 17 years of age are trafficked from Thailand and Taiwan to South Africa. Traffickers recruited these girls to work as waitresses
or domestic workers. Once they arrive in South Africa they are forced into prostitution.
– Filipino children are trafficked to countries in Africa, the Middle East, Western Europe and Southeast Asia, where they are sexually exploited.
Traffickers loan parents a sum of money, which the girl must repay to the trafficker through forced prostitution. In one case, a Filipino woman rented
her 9-year-old niece to foreign men for sex, and eventually sold her to a German pedophile.
Close to Home in the USA
– 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the United States from no less than 49 countries every year. As many as 750,000 women and children
have been trafficked into the United States over the last decade.
– Women and children as young as 14 have been trafficked from Mexico to Florida and forced to have sex with as many as 130 clients per week in a
trailer park. These women were kept hostage through threats and physical abuse, and were beaten and forced to have abortions. One woman was locked in
a closet for 15 days after trying to escape.
– Cases of trafficking into the United States include women and children who are trafficked from Honduras to Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas; Latvia to
Chicago; Mexico to Florida; Korea to Michigan; Japan to Hawaii; Cameroon to Maryland; Taiwan to Seattle; India to California; Vietnam to Atlanta.
– In Fresno, California Hmong gang members have kidnapped girls between the ages of 11 and 14 and forced into prostitution. The gang members would
beat and rape them into submission. These girls were trafficked within the United States and traded between other Hmong communities.
Sexual Slavery, In The 21st Century
– The Cadena smuggling ring trafficked women, some as young as 14, from Mexico to Florida. The victims were forced to prostitute themselves with as
many as 130 men per week in a trailer park. Of the $25 charged the “Johns” the women received only $3. The Cadena members kept the women hostage
through threats and physical abuse. One woman was kept in a closet for 15 days for trying to escape. Some were beaten and forced to have abortions
(the cost of which was added to their debt). The women worked until they paid off their debts of $2,000 to $3,000.
– Domestic servants in some countries of the Middle East are forced to work 12 to 16 hours a day with little or no pay, and subject to sexual abuse
such as rape, forced abortions, and physical abuse that has resulted in death.
– Traffickers in many countries in West Africa take girls through voodoo rituals in which girls take oaths of silence and are often raped and
beaten, prior to their leaving the country. They are also forced to sign agreements stating that, once they arrive in another country, they owe the
traffickers a set amount of money. They are sworn to secrecy and given detailed accounts of how they will be tortured if they break their promise.
Traffickers have taken women and young girls to shrines and places of cultural or religious significance; they remove pubic and other hair and then
perform a ceremony of intimidation.
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