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.