Indignities Of Mankind: World-Wide Sex Trade And Human Sexual Slavery

I love women. There, I said it. Many of you say it too.

I would even go so far to say that I love every aspect about women. Beyond their beautiful features and feminine charm, women are unique in their thoughts and actions, and should be treasured. In parts of the world, we find that women and girls- children practically- are treated as though they are expendable. Though these values, women are taken advantage of; abused, trafficked, and coerced into sex slavery.

Why Does This Business Still Exist?

Traffickers do what they do because the business is extremely lucrative. The UN reports show that sex trafficking is illegal in practically every single nation in the world, yet every single day, millions of people are trafficked from Asia, Central and Southeastern Europe, Western Europe, Africa and the Americas, and traffickers are usually involved in transnational trafficking of drugs and firearms, and are typically very, very cruel to their captives.

Realistically, trafficking exists because of the blind eye that people turn to it. Even though it is illegal virtually everywhere, widespread corruption and greed make it exceptionally easy for traffickers to quickly and easily make money. Through different institutions- both nationally and internationally, local governments and police sometimes even participate in sex traffic rings- because sex trafficking is a $32 billion dollar industry that impacts approximately 2.5 million people around the world at any given time.

Some sex trafficking is very obvious, like prostitution on the street- sometimes with children (girls and boys); while some trafficking victims remain unseen in brothels and often suburban neighborhoods, out of public and private locations like massage parlors, spas, and strip clubs.

The “Pattern” of Sex Trafficking

Human trafficking usually flows from the East to the West, and often the poorest and most unstable countries have the worst amounts of human trafficking. Often women and girls are tricked into slavery- one 14 year old girl from China was tricked into accepting a cab ride out of her town (she had never left her hometown in her life) and drove her and her friend into Nepal and told her that if she didn’t pay him her cab fare she would be killed and never make it home. She then “worked” in the brothel for 3 years before she was released because one of the johns had gotten her pregnant. She then returned home and was shamed for being pregnant, even though it wasn’t her fault.

Some might think that human trafficking ONLY occurs in underdeveloped nations, but this is often not the case. No one profile fits any client, more realistically, those who purchase these trafficked women are both rich and poor, Eastern and Western, married and have children and are sometimes even abusing their own children. Even further, these types of activities occur as a type of sex tourism- or vacationing to have sex with these foreigners is a billion dollar industry that further exploits women, and young girls and boys- as some sex tours explicitly feature young girls and boys. These tours are specifically marketed to pedophiles hoping to prey on the young and enjoy having sex with virgins, often spreading STD’s or HIV to their young victims, which creates disease epidemics.

Imagine the Trauma

Aside from the mental and physical abuse of these women, they often experience post-traumatic stress, as they were forced to have sex sometimes as much as 20 times a day or more. Imagine just how awful that would be for these particular girls.

If you suspect a sex incident in the United States or would like more information about the services that the National Human Trafficking Resource Center has to offer, call their 24 hour, toll-free hotline at 888-373-7888. They offer a wide variety of services like crisis intervention, referrals, and comprehensive anti-trafficking resources. They offer services in over 200 languages, to help any ethnicity. Give them a call today!