What is Human Trafficking?

If you read my last post, you already know what this page is already about. If you didn’t read it, shame on you. But seriously, I am writing this blog in order to bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking and to speak about the variety of topics involved. In order that I may talk about human trafficking, I think it is important for you to first understand what is human trafficking?

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, human trafficking is the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons, but means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”

OK so I know that is a very broad and somewhat confusing definition so let me try to make things more clear to you through real examples. Think of the girl at the truck stop who is being forced into prostitution. Consider the man held against his will on the plantation in Alabama, forced to work with no promise of payment or getting away. Picture the young boy sold by his family to work in the sweatshops in unbearable conditions. How about you think about Maya. At the age of 15, Maya was drugged and brought to a brothel by neighbors she once trusted. Maya tearfully describes her first night trapped in the brothel. The brothel owner forced Maya to drink alcohol, then dragged her downstairs and brutally raped her. This was his routine. Maya saw girls as young as 11 face the same awful initiation. “How could he do something like this to such small children?” Maya pleaded. “All I could do was sit and pray: “God can you please bring justice to what is happening here?” Maya faced violence every day for a year as she was forced to sell her body. Amazingly, Maya was eventually rescued and soon testified against the brothel owner and she won. Sadly, most people trapped in human trafficking situations are not rescued. Their story does not end as happy as Maya’s did. Human trafficking is real. These are real people. We need to bring justice to this depraved system. Please continue to check back up on this blog to see what you can do.

 

Sources:

https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/what-is-human-trafficking.html

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Why 27 Million?

Hello everyone. You are probably wondering, what is this page and who the heck is writing this? Well, my name is Tyler Young and I am a current senior Computer Science Major at James Madison University. Most of you probably already know that because you are reading this as a result of knowing me and clicked on a link that I posted on Facebook. The rest of you, I have no idea who you are, but I’m still glad you are here. Anyways, I didn’t start this page to talk about myself, but instead I started this blog to bring awareness and advocate for something I find to be extremely important and that is the need to fight human trafficking.

Some of you may be thinking to yourselves, “human trafficking… like slavery? Didn’t that stop with Abraham Lincoln?” Sadly, I have to say that slavery didn’t stop with the American Civil War, and in fact we have more slaves today in the world than any other time period in human history. There are estimated 27 million slaves in the world. Take that in for a second. 27 million slaves…. And that number isn’t even an exact number because its nearly impossible to tell how many people are in slavery as those people often have no voice in the world. So 27 million is just an educated guess, it could (and probably is) even worse. To put into perspective 27,000,000 slaves, lets assume that each slave is equivalent to an hour of work (another name for a slave is a forced laborer). If you were to work for 8 hours a day for 5 days a week (40 hours a week), it would take you a little over 3082 years to work 27 million hours.  Just think about that… 3082 years of work…. 27 million people in slavery still around the world. That is just unfathomable.

So the reason I am writing this blog (and I will be keeping up with it hopefully a few times a week) is to talk about all the issues and solutions in regards to human trafficking. I will be talking about current legislation (both the good and the bad), the links between prostitution and the porn industry (yes sex slaves do exist), how our every day lives actually feed this terrible culture, the tie between technology and human trafficking, ways to detect trafficking, people who are more vulnerable to be trafficked, and much more. This isn’t going to be the most exciting and entertaining blog, but it will be real and true. I encourage all of you to read this blog in such a way that you are willing to take a stand and do something. I’m not writing this just to speak. I’m writing in order that something may happen. I desire to see that 27 million to get down to zero and I hope you do too.