A Social Experiment Worth Repeating
Slowing, shrinking and stopping sex trafficking is one of the most crucial and difficult tasks we face in the 21st century. We are grateful to Sweden for providing such a great example of how it can be done. This is a social experiment and that no doubt can be duplicated worldwide.
[quote]The number of foreign women now being trafficked into Sweden for sex is nil. The Swedish government estimates that in the last few years only 200 to 400 women and girls have been annually sex trafficked into Sweden, a figure that’s negligible compared to the 15,000 to 17,000 females yearly sex trafficked into neighboring Finland. No other country, nor any other social experiment, has come anywhere near Sweden’s promising results.[/quote]
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The Rotherham sexual exploitation scandal refers to the existence of widespread child sexual abuse in the town of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, between 1997 and 2013, and its subsequent cover-up.
More Rotherham Abuse Scandal Evidence Emerging
According to lead officer Simon Bailey:
[quote]There will be more Rotherham-style child sexual exploitation scandals unearthed in the coming months as the “stone is lifted” on the scale of abuse perpetrated on the young. [/quote]
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A new report released by Not For Sale reveals some interesting statistics…
- More than 50 percent of human trafficking victims were born in the United States; 19 percent in Mexico; and 18 percent in Asia.
- commercial sexual exploitation was the most common form of trafficking reported
- traffickers frequently relocate their victims
[quote]Here’s the scoop. In Silicon Valley, human trafficking victims are young, American women. They are most often sexually exploited at an early age, and their exploitation continues as they are forced to sell their bodies.[/quote]
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One person can make a difference, sometimes a big difference.
[quote type=”center”] He was living the so-called American dream but it took a trip to a Cambodian garbage dump to find his true calling. [/quote]
Scott Neeson had it made as a Hollywood executive living the good life. He lived next door to Cindy Crawford and dined with people like Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Steven Spielberg. As president of 20th Century Fox International his many successes included Titanic, Braveheart, Independence Day, X Men and the Star Wars prequel Trilogy. But something was missing in his life.
“I’ve always felt like you’ve only got this one life to live,” Scott explains, “I did the Hollywood thing. I accomplished more than what I ever expected and it just didn’t work for me. It wasn’t what it promised.”
Scott was living the so-called American dream, but it took a trip to a Cambodian garbage dump to find his true calling.
Giving Your Life Away
There among the garbage dumps of the land of the “Killing Fields,” Scott discovered the meaning of life: give yourself to something bigger than yourself, something that will outlive you. He decided to invest his time and energy into helping others less fortunate than himself, specifically at risk youth and their families–the garbage dwellers of Cambodia.
It has been said that if you give your life away in the bold enterprise of loving others, it will come back to you fuller, richer and more meaningful than you ever imagined possible. Scott’s experience bears this out.
Today, he leads an organization that offers refuge, education, medical treatment and leadership training to more than 1,500 children. Nearly two-thirds of these children once lived and worked atop the Steung Meanchey garbage dump and almost 75% are young girls. The dump was relocated in 2009, but the families remain and continue to rely on garbage scavenging as a means of survival, and instead wheel their carts into the city each day or night. CCF provides award-winning comprehensive care for these families and others who live in the impoverished rural regions of Cambodia.
Right now, as you read this, Scott is experiencing the “good life” in a whole different dimension.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://advocacy.justiceforyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/John-Mugshot.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]John is a social entrepreneur who, having served all of his adult life championing young people on three continents, is now speaking out passionately against global human trafficking. (Copyright 2012– Justice For Youth. All rights reserved.) [/author_info] [/author]
There has been a lot of talk about the war on women. Unfortunately for most Americans it is a cheap campaign slogan. The fact is, gendercide—the assault on women and girls— is a global problem that has been with us for a long time. It has reached epidemic proportions. Here is a REALITY CHECK, a glimpse at what is happening right now women and girls at the hands of ISIS. Just one more example of gendercide in action.
[quote]ISIS Puts Price Tag On Girls Who Won’t Convert To Islam, Sells Them As Sex Slaves[/quote]
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When you thought you had seen it all, think again. Now we have women being branded like cattle by human traffickers–with barcodes. We think this is despicable. What do you think?
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Recently, over 70 people from across Europe gathered in Moldova to learn more about human trafficking and the devastating impact it’s making on the continent. Various organizations shared presentations and principles dealing with prevention, protection, prosecution and provision.
Human Trafficking Prevention focused mainly on the area of bringing awareness to people. But bringing awareness to the right people was the main point. Who are the main groups at risk of being trafficked?
[quote]Are these people hearing the message of warning? Prevention is about supply and demand so this message needs to target both the vulnerable, mostly the poor, and those who feel they need to exploit human life.[/quote]
Protection for at risk youth dealt with establishing places of safety for persons who were trafficked and need protection from ruthless traffickers. Many examples were given from safe homes, transition homes, families and government or non-government institutes. All had their strengths and weaknesses but all were vital to help give protection from traffickers.
Prosecution of pimps and johns is needed to stop traffickers and their life-threatening crimes. Many countries today have lenient penalties towards trafficking and do little to deter human trafficking from multiplying. If traffickers are caught, because of corruption most are released with just a small fine. This needs to change. Stiff laws should be lobbied for and set in place to protect human life and dignity.
Provision is critical as well. People who were trafficked often need medical and emotional care. Their world has been shattered and they need help in putting their lives back together. Provision also deals with some of the underlying reasons why people are trafficked in the first place. Most of the reasons are economical and those reasons don’t go away after someone is freed from human slavery. Recovering victims are in desperate need for training and assistance in the area of job creation and entrepreneurial endeavors.
Participants of Shine Moldova went away much better networked and informed on the current issues relating to human trafficking across Europe. This horrific industry is growing and ever changing but there is hope, when people come together, to stop this trend towards the ugly exploitation of humanity.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://www.justiceforyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Kelly.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Kelly Hoodikoff is Co-founder of JFY and an article contributor. He has worked in the area of anti-human trafficking since 2006. As a leading JFY advocate he is active in bringing awareness to the problem of human slavery. (Copyright 2014– Justice For Youth. All rights reserved.) [/author_info] [/author]
[quote type=”center”] Amnesty is a prestigious organization known for its fight for the rights of political prisoners, against forced marriages, against summary executions, etc. And it is now campaigning for men’s rights to access the bodies of those more vulnerable than themselves. This is both shocking and hard to understand. [/quote]
Amnesty International, for most of us, is an organization that garners our respect as an organization that stands up for the displaced and persecuted in the world. And rightly so. Their stated objective is
“to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.”
Yet according to a leaked policy document from Amnesty International, the organization in fact is committed to upholding the rights of sex trafficking clients and pimps, the very one’s who systematically and violate vulnerable women and perpetuate the sex trafficking cycle. To quote the policy paper:
“Amnesty International is opposed to the criminalization or punishment of activities related to the buying or selling of consensual sex between adults. Amnesty International believes that seeking, buying, selling and soliciting paid sex are acts protected from state interference as long as there is no coercion, threats or violence associated with those acts.”
Former US president Jimmy Carter, a big supporter of Amnesty International, wrote a letter to the organization to register his objection. (See below).
For Amnesty International to seek to uphold the “right” of johns and pimps to continue to exploit women under the guise of “consensual sex” is as unconscionable as it is absurd. Note the following facts passed on by our friends at Outside The Boxer:
- 65% to 95% of prostituted women have been sexually assaulted or raped before they entered prostitution;
- nearly half of them were victims of incest;
- the average entry age into prostitution is THIRTEEN (13). A girl aged 12 or 13 years does not have the mental and emotional resources to deal with an older man who promises to love, safety and affection.
- Over a third of runaways minors turn to prostitution to survive(called survival prostitution). And a third of runaways minors will be recruited by a pimp within 48 hours;
- Nearly all prostituted women suffer from addiction (83% use heroin, cocaine, cannabis and alcohol)
- Prostituted women suffer from psychological disorders (54% suffer from very severe depression, 42% had at least committed one suicide attempt) [/quote]
There is much more on the subject that has been well documented in the following link.:
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A UN report on human trafficking reveals that millions are being trafficked around the world. 136 nationalities from 118 countries are represented in this study. The grim reality is that children, the most vulnerable group of all, is a rising percentage each year.
[quote type=”center”]Human trafficking requires a forceful response founded on the assistance and protection for victims, rigorous enforcement by the criminal justice system, a sound migration policy and firm regulation of the labor markets [/quote]
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