Showing posts with label Human Trafficking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Human Trafficking. Show all posts

Women And Child Victims Of Human Trafficking

The term "global market" generally refers to legitimate commerce between countries, however there is another kind of trade that has infected the global market: illicit people trafficking. 

This trade is known as "human trafficking," and it mainly affects women and children, as I noted in my discussion of the feminization of poverty. 

  • Women and girls are enlisted with the promise of a big monetary reward, sold into slavery by their parents or guardians, or kidnapped from their homes. 
  • Women are targeted by human traffickers to be exploited for prostitution, mail order brides, or domestic servitude. 
  • Children are targeted for the same reasons as adults, as well as for illegal adoption and recruitment as child soldiers. 
  • Humans may also be trafficked for the purpose of organ harvesting. 

Human trafficking, according to postcolonial feminists, is a kind of neocolonialism or a continuation of colonial pasts. 

People trafficking utilizes the human resources of these now-former colonies, while the colonialism that characterized so much of European history from the fourteenth through the twentieth century utilized the natural riches of the colonies. 

Global feminists examine the causes of human trafficking and female exploitation and propose a number of solutions to protect women and girls from being trafficked. 

They also provide specific suggestions for prosecuting human traffickers and rehabilitating and reintegrating women into non-exploitative societies. 

Global feminists argue that, in addition to practical steps such as providing alternative sources of income for women and legal prosecution of traffickers, there must be: 

(1) explicit condemnation of human trafficking as a human rights violation by the UN and other regional and international governing bodies; 

(2) social and cultural transformations. 

When some people are exploited as things for the enjoyment of others, all people are degraded. 

The first of these stages has already begun. 

Both the United Nations and the European Union have particular laws, as well as offices and specialized people, to combat human trafficking. 

Despite this, shady travel agencies continue to arrange "sex holidays" and promote the possibility of having sex with a virgin or an underage girl. 

Clients may even do activities that are prohibited in their own countries, according to travel brochures. 

A societal and cultural shift that appreciates all women for who they are is taking longer. 

Even in nations where women seem to be the most free, there is still enough oppression or dominance that certain women – particularly impoverished women – are susceptible. 

Of course, various schools of feminist thinking would suggest different methods for altering the dominance ideology and achieving a more equal situation for women. 

Marxist and socialist feminists may emphasize the necessity for decent-paying employment and other social system changes to keep women out of poverty – and to prevent huge wealth inequalities. 

Liberal feminists may argue that the legal measures put in place to prevent human trafficking and punish traffickers are sufficient to bring about a societal shift in how we think about women. 

Some radical feminists may even argue that correctly applied severe forms of punishment for traffickers, such as castration, would not only discourage future would-be traffickers, but would also have considerable symbolic significance. 

Liberation has always been seen by feminists as more than an individualized goal. 

It is insufficient that just a few women can "succeed." Human trafficking highlights the need of broadening the definition of freedom. 

Human trafficking is an issue that combines race, class, and gender oppression. 

However, when other people are bought and sold for their sexual services, bodies, or body parts, all people are degraded. 

We become simple things, and we submit ourselves to the same destiny by treating others as objects. 

Furthermore, since human trafficking is so common, we are all responsible in some manner. 

While we may not actively participate in human trafficking, we indirectly condone it when we fail to prevent the commercialization of others. 

Pornography and prostitution, as well as the exploitation of women as sex objects in advertisements, are lesser kinds of human trafficking, according to certain radical feminists. 

If they are correct, human trafficking is an issue in every town. 

Recognizing our linkages may lead to coalitional politics, as women and men from all walks of life battle the same issue from various perspectives. 

In Thailand, mothers may discover methods to thwart recruiters who visit their homes. 

In Thailand, professional women and men may attempt to educate the girls and families that are most susceptible to recruiters. 

Young and elderly women might combine their resources and skills to form a weaving cooperative, which could give families with the financial stability they need to avoid having to sell a daughter into slavery. 

Women in other countries may help by pushing vigorously government measures to punish human traffickers. 

Other women from other countries could help in similar ways, such as providing start-up funding for the co-ops, researching the effects of small businesses on traffickers' recruitment capabilities, and scrutinizing their national ideologies to uncover implicit ways those ideologies condone sexism and exploitation. 

Although some collaboration among these initiatives is beneficial, collaboration and coordination are not always feasible or desired. 

The last part of this chapter looks at some of the opportunities and challenges that coalitional politics or global feminist political solidarity provide. 

Another issue with human trafficking is how to rehabilitate children and adults if and when they are rescued from human trafficking enslavement. 

It's frequently tough to reintegrate them into their native communities. 

Again, cultural norms are a major impediment. 

When recruiters visit a Thai hamlet, for example, they are drawn to the community because of its poverty. They entice females away with the promise of regular employment at a high salary performing domestic chores. 

But it isn't always, or even generally, the females who are deceived – and it isn't always a question of deceit. In certain cases, parents and guardians may sell their daughters or female charges into indentured servitude or sex slavery. 

These guardians may even return a girl to the recruiter or trafficker if she escapes and returns to her community. 

Despite the fact that I chose Thailand as an example, it is essential to remember that women are kidnapped from virtually every country, including affluent Western nations. 

Because she is no longer pure, some cultures may shun or even murder a woman who returns to her society. 

Rehabilitation and reintegration into the community need the transformation of whole communities. 

To keep recruiters at away, the transition involves social and economic adjustments, as well as ideological shifts that may drastically alter men-women, parent-child interactions. 

The phrase "the personal is political" was popularized by second-wave feminists. 

Many activists have coined the phrase "think globally, act locally," which is embraced by global feminists. Human trafficking is an example of this expression in action. 

Theorists and activists must consider how their local behaviors affect women across the world. 

Feminists are compelled to acknowledge women's rights problems outside their local concerns when they think internationally. 

We can see that global feminism is a vital endeavor in this sense as well. 

It is critical of conventional Western feminisms that fail to recognize the day-to-day challenges of women throughout the globe as essential to feminist theory and practice, not only of social structures and global institutions that hurt women.

~ Jai Krishna Ponnappan

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Fight this Heartless Abomination ~ Stop Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking

        This is a comment in response to a post seen on the page Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. This is a remarkable and wonderful page I greatly admire, love and support.

Here is the original post,

" Nicholas Kristof writes about President Obama's speech on human trafficking today, and notes that pressure from the public makes a difference:

"On the India/Nepal border, I once chatted with an Indian policeman who was on the lookout for terrorists and smuggled DVDs but was uninterested in the streams of Nepali girls passing through, destined for the brothels in Bombay and Kolkata. The policeman explained that America was pressuring India on movie piracy, so let’s show India and the world that we’re also concerned with enslaved children."

Please help Nicholas and the Half the Sky Movement show the world that we will not tolerate modern slavery. Share this column, raise your voice, and tune in to the Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide documentary on PBS Oct. 1 and 2 at 9pm/8pm CT. "

Link Review : These former sex slaves said the president gave the voiceless a voice in his landmark speech against Human trafficking. Let's hope this is a turning point.

My response,

                   I greatly commend and admire the president for making this statement and I hope that this sentiment can transform into affirmative actions, commitments and much needed efforts. Without taking anything away from this I'd also like to add these few words of caution and question.

         " Modern day slavery and trafficking is a sickening  organized crime perpetrated on most occasions with the full awareness, cooperation and consent of authority figures and the establishment. For anyone who has gone beyond just questioning a cop or repeatedly been severe enough in reprimanding him with a slap on his career, they can with absolute certainty state that it takes a whole lot more muscle than just a speech, the assertion of political will or even its good intentions. Think of those women and girls as your own sisters and mothers, would you let this happen to them in that case.... ? "

Here are a few other messages related to this painful subject that I had posted earlier in the past few days,

Please connect with them on facebook, Trade of Innocents - the movie producer Laurie Bolthouse along with Mira Sorvino and Mr. Yury Fedotov of UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime speaking at the Mashable Social Good Summit.

Here is the official trailer,

Please support this film and help bring to light and fight this heartless and cruel abomination,

      To conclude this entry I would like to add a brief message to caution you that as we approach these elections people here in America often tend to polarize and act in a rather needlessly hostile way while politicizing certain key social issues that have nothing to do with politics but rather are demons that plague our society as a whole at all times. 

     Please refrain from using these or taking advantage of such a sensitive subject in an attempt to leverage support or gain votes, however passionately you may otherwise at odd times feel about the struggle against this sick, cruel and heartless abomination.

Here is another example of a stranger intrusively going for it with a tinge of extremism in their tone after seeing that independent people, voters, commentators and thinkers, are in the habit of supporting conservatives and republicans when they are caught in the right side of morality among other things.

The original post along with the comments can be viewed at the link below,

The petition I had signed and shared. Please review and sign it if you haven't already done so. Thanks

Marisa: It hurts. But who can do anything to stop that? Pride and greed are taking over the souls and there are too many selfish and egotist people who don't care about anyone but themselves.

Me: It is not merely about selfishness or egotism, that is prevalent everywhere a man can cast his eyes around here with very few rare exceptions if any. The Truth about slavery and human trafficking has more to do with sadism, a lack of empathy, immorality and exploitation. It costs money, power and political muscle to really fight or challenge this. I am not fully aware of the situation in Canada. To my knowledge Human trafficking and slavery here in the North East of the U.S.A ranging from Virginia to the tri-state is fully linked with organized criminal rings that are extremely hard to encounter and prosecute. Collecting evidence in itself has been life threatening, a real nightmare for those who dare to care. And yes, you are reasonably right there is only so much that a cop, an investigation or a court can do but this is a tireless and ongoing fight. Unfortunately people in general are not very aware or concerned despite running several campaigns to try and enlighten and spread the message.

Marisa: Please, read this article. I went to the premier of this documentary film and I interviewed Michael Cory, the producer for my webpage, some years ago. He has been helping organizations who are fighting sex trafficking for years. It's very frustrating and yes, it's about perverts that are besides full of greed. They buy people who are not perverts but they only care about money. That's why it's so difficult to find their hiding places. And what about the men who go there and pay for raping the minors?? Yes, I'll share.

Marisa: I already shared and signed the petition. Do the same, please.

Me: Thank You so much Marisa and thanks for the reminder as well. As it is mentioned in the link review above " JaiKrishna just added signature #3,026 to the petition." Thank You for sharing. Have a nice day.

The true cause for the first initiating statement was a message posted a few minutes earlier in response to this post,

View it here,

" .....This is why small businesses are disappearing in America. When you have high taxes, it makes it more difficult for people to keep their heads above water. "

My response : "Point well made. It's amazing how this country has changed, it feels like it's owned by another..... It has reached a point where it is very well a measurable risk and potential disadvantage staying here. From what I've seen it's only things like Family, personal bonds and these sentiments to keep on believing and having faith that keeps a lot of enterprising Americans hopeful and anchored. My sincere concern and thoughts for those keeping their heads above water."

Life is very fragile, sometimes short. There is no time to waste on such trivial matters brought out by small minded and self serving people who are looking to promote their own agenda by such means. Sometimes if not most times it is hopelessly easy to penetrate and see what is truly running through a person's mind and their hearts. It is easy to read it like a book. It is also just as easy to predict their next moves and what both their immediate and distant futures look like. Never entertain such people or such machinating agendas and thoughts when what hurts and plagues Humanity the most continues to do so unabated.


Jai Krishna Ponnappan

P.S : And as for those Indian border police. Yes corruption is paying and paving the way for such things. There used to be a time when these men respected women a great deal. Now thanks to western media and films and the way they use, dismiss, portray and present women, even these men have started to take after such base habits and vile values. From payrolls to households there is gender disparity almost every where here. From ads to birth control there is exploitation and abuse of women being promoted from here to the rest of the world. Leadership comes with consequences and responsibilities. Do not lead when you are bold enough to ignore both.