“There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will.” (1)
Recently I attended a march organized by A-21 a group dedicated to bringing awareness to Human Trafficking. To make impact we all dressed up in black and put black tape over our mouths we walked silently in single line through our city to make people aware of the horrendous situation we have now with human trafficking.
I was impressed at how many people took part and what a sense of united purpose there was. There was elderly, children, families and students all walking to say to society that this is not and will never ever be acceptable.
Being on the march made me realise we all have a responsibility to raise awareness and say no to not only sex slavery but to also call out any sexually degrading material that promotes abuse in way.
How horrendous is it that we have this situation where people are literally being stolen and sold around the world.
Human Trafficking is the worlds fastest growing criminal Industry. This is a global problem affecting every nation around the world.
Sex trafficking has become more cleverly hidden as the trade operates mainly online.
I often ask the question if we have the technology to go to the moon/mars etc. then we must have the technology to shut down these websites and to make the internet companies accountable for sex trafficking on their platforms.
When sex workers are out on the street at least we are more aware of it. What is happening now with the internet, sex working has become a lot more deadlier and dangerous. It is now as easy to access a sex worker as it is to ordering a new jumper online, the internet offers discretion and all to better way of hiding.
All slavery is cruel, inhuman and should not be at all happening, yet Human trafficking is a particularly horrendous type of slavery because it removes the person from all that is familiar to them so that they are completely isolated, they are often unable to speak the language of their captors.
Sex Trafficking is thriving because there is serious demand
“Each year, an estimated 800,000 women and children are trafficked across international borders—though additional numbers of women and girls are trafficked within countries.” (2)
Widespread corruption and greed have made it possible for sex trafficking to grow at the rate it is. Organized crime has enabled sex trafficking to spread and as we can see in the case of The Whistleblower all is not what it seems.
Detictive Michael Hay leader of London’s newly created unit which is dedicated to helping women who are being forced to sell sex said it is a huge issue and estimates on any given day that 25% of sex workers are being trafficked.
In 2014, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims.
Globally the International Labor Organisation estimates that there are 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally.
In a 2014 report, the Urban Institute estimated that the underground sex economy ranged from $39.9 million in Denver, Colorado, to $290 million in Atlanta, Georgia.
To prevent sex trafficking we need to understand why it happens in the first place, we need to ask how come our society has such a need?
Why are there are millions out there prepared to pay for sex with someone who has been trafficked? Why are there those out there that want to inflict harm on others? Blame will never be the answer and nor is directing hatred to those involved. The perpetrators are not born cruel so what happens along the way that enables someone to want to harm another?
We have amazing technology, we can do fantastic surgery, we can get to the moon and back yet these figures show how lost we are as a humanity.
Sex trafficking is built on the economic principle of supply and demand and unfortunately as long as there's a market out there for it, there will be people in the sex trade who are being trafficked.