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Transcript of Sex trafficking
SEX TRAFFICKING IS THE FORCING OF HUMAN BEINGS INTO ANY FORM OF COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION.
Commercial sexual exploitation includes pornography, prostitution and the sex trafficking of humans. It is characterized by
the exploitation of a human being in exchange for goods or money.
What is Sex Trafficking?
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GENDER INEQUALITY IS THE CAUSE OF SEX SLAVERY.
The patriarchal culture that views women and girls as objects who can be bought and sold is one of the causes of female sex trafficking.
This gender inequality fuels a demand for purchased sex.
In societies where women and girls are undervalued, women are at greater risk for being abused, trafficked, and coerced into sex slavery.
Why are women the primary victim's of sex trafficking
Hepburn, Stephanie, and Rita J. Simon. Human Trafficking around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.
Shelley, Louise I. Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. Print.
98 percent of sex trafficking victims are female
2 percent of sex trafficking victims are males
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Holman, Melissa. "The Modern-Day Slave Trade: How the United States Should Alter the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act in Order to Combat International Sex Trafficking More Effectively." The Modern-Day Slave Trade: How the United States Should Alter the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act in Order to Combat International Sex Trafficking More Effectively (2008): n. pag. Print.
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It is estimated that 76 percent of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the Internet
2 million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade (UNICEF)
Solution to end Sex Trafficking:
"Our quota was $500 and I had only made $50 that night to give back to the pimp. As a result, he beat me in front of the other girls to make an example out of me and then he made me go back out until I had made the money."
"After the second day, he finally bought me something to eat, but as a punishment to learn never to defy him again, he locked me in the closet."
-sex trafficking victims
Impacts of Sex Trafficking
SLAVERY HAS A HARROWING EFFECT ON THE MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL WELL BEING OF THE WOMEN AND GIRLS ENSNARED IN ITS WEB.
Beyond the physical abuse , enslaved women suffer extreme emotional stress, including shame, grief, fear, distrust and suicidal thoughts.
Sixty-eight percent of sexual servitude victims experience post-traumatic stress disorder, and acute anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Many victims turn to drugs and alcohol to numb their pain.
Slavery fuels organized crime groups that usually participate in many other illegal activities, including drug and weapons trafficking and money laundering.
Sex slavery burdens public health systems.
trafficking erodes government authority, encourages widespread corruption, and threatens the security of vulnerable populations.
Sex Trafficking: A World Problem
Forced prostitution preys on the voiceless and marginalized, constituting a global crime that goes largely unnoticed.
At any given moment, an estimated 2.4 million people are victims of human trafficking. Nearly half are being used for commercial sex.
“In the beginning I would tremble and stand there and cry. I was abused and beaten up. They used to tie up my hands in the back and tie up my legs and beat me with a belt”
“We shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that terrible abuses happen only on the other side of the world. In truth, the abuses tend to be worse in Asia, but they certainly happen in America as well as in other places around the world"
- New York Times
According to the United Nations, $39 BILLION DOLLARS IN PROFITS ARE MADE THROUGH HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
On average a sex trafficker could be making about $24,000 a month or $642,000 a year tax free.
"So what we've been able to see from the work on the national hotline is sort of a 'bird's-eye view' of different trends that are emerging and different types of sex trafficking that are emerging around the country," he said. "And then we're also doing some local work on the ground here in Washington, D.C., and in some of our other offices around the country. And what we're able to see with some of our local work on the ground is we're able to confirm what we're hearing on the national hotline."
-Miles from Polaris Project
Response to Human Trafficking
This has to be a top priority... What we have to do is to create better, more effective tools for prosecuting those who are engaging in human trafficking... Sadly, there are thousands who are trapped in various forms of enslavement, here in our country.
So we've got to give prosecutors the tools to crack down on these human trafficking networks. Internationally, we've got to speak out and we've got to forge alliances with other countries to share intelligence, to roll up the financing networks that are involved in them. It is a debasement of our common humanity, whenever we see something like that taking place.
Supervise immigration: Many immigrants (women and girls) are being brought to the United States with the promise of a better future, however, they are made into sex slaves once they arrive to the United States.
"The girls—some as young as age 12—were smuggled into the U.S. from their village homes in Guatemala. Their impoverished parents were told that their daughters would be working in restaurants and jewelry stores in California and would earn good wages that could be sent back to their families [but upon arrival they were] forced to work the streets as prostitutes"
Many victims are told that they have to pay up to $20,000 for being smuggled into the country and the only way to pay it all back in time would be to work as prostitutes.
What the president says:
In the United States:
Supervising immigration more strictly would help identify victims who are being brought to the United States to be exploited in the commercial sex market.
Government Intervention Outside of the U.S.
Increase pressure on foreign nations to implement stricter policies against sex trafficking
VTVPA: requires that nations have laws against sex trafficking, punish sex traffickers and make serious efforts to end trafficking
Under the VTVPA, the U.S. will cease providing non-humanitarian, non-trade-related aid to countries that are not in compliance with the minimum standards and are not actively trying to achieve compliance.
Stricter anti-prostitution laws would help end sex trafficking because it would be harder for sex traffickers to prostitute women.
Barack Obama Speeches by Obama
What the experts say: