[quote]Nearly 46 million people around the world are living as slaves, forced to work in factories, mines and farms, sold for sex, trapped in debt bondage or born into servitude, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index by rights group Walk Free Foundation.[/quote]
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The Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based human rights group, estimated in its inaugural slavery index last year that 29.8 million people were born into servitude, trafficked for sex work, trapped in debt bondage or exploited for forced labour.
Releasing its second annual index, Walk Free increased its estimate of the number of slaves to 35.8 million, saying this was due to better data collection and slavery being uncovered in areas where it had not been found previously. [/quote]
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Stop the Demand For Trafficking
Human trafficking statistics are not often encouraging. The world of sex trafficking prevention is a dismal arena where reasons for optimism are rare. But yesterday we came upon a positive report from Jeff Fountain of the Schuman Centre, offering a glimmer of hope that maybe something can be done to turn the tide.
[quote]A sea-change is taking place in the way Europeans view prostitution. In an almost too-good-to-be-true-report, the European Parliament announced it will vote later this month on criminalising clients rather than the sex workers.[/quote]
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150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, buying and selling people into forced labor is bigger than ever. Slavery–“the total control of one person by another or the purpose of economic exploitation”—is a global epidemic, driven by the same political, technological, and economic forces as globalization itself.
There are now twice as many people enslaved in the world as there were in the 350 years of the transatlantic slave trade. Here is an article that tries to define “human trafficking” really means, and a lot more– by Atlantic Weeky’s J.J. Gould.
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Human Trafficking In Us: 50% Are Children
Human trafficking is growing at a faster pace globally than any criminal enterprise—and it is is taking root and flourishing in the United States. Human trafficking statistics tell us that roughly half of those trafficked are children. Difficult economic times have provided traffickers with a window of opportunity: a GRUESOME prospect for the future of all Americans. Here is a story from USA Today: A Ukranian Trafficker and A Detroit Man Named Gruesome
Help Stop Human Trafficking By Being Aware
How can you tell if someone in your neighborhood is a victim of human trafficking? Here are a few red flags to look for:
- Person carries around hotel room keys
- Person seems to be under the control of another person
- Person seems to be under continual surveillance
- Person has all contacts controlled and monitored
- Person doesn’t manage their own finances
What all of the above human trafficking flags have in common is a generic thread that runs through all human trafficking living conditions: control by another person or persons. Among indicators of human trafficking, this one is too often overlooked.
- Person does not possess own ID or travel documentation accompanied by lying about age
- Person works excessively
- Person lives in poor or cramped conditions such as multiple occupation households
- Person is not paid or paid very little
- Person lives with employer
- Person speaks little or none of the local language
- Person exhibits fear of of being deported
- Person is seldom alone and not allowed privacy
- Person as visible injuries such as scars, burns, lacerations and bruises.
- Person has injuries around head, including the face, nose and mouth.
- Person has untreated infections and sickness. You observe an appearance that betrays poor health and unsanitary living conditions.
- Person exhibits drug use.
- Person exhibits compliant, fearful, panicky behavior.
While it might be true that organizations help stop human trafficking, individuals can be a volunteer to stop human trafficking simply by tracking and reporting suspicious behavior that they notice going on around them.
[quote]Some other signs to look out for: the person exhibits emotional stress – depression,anxiety, despair,panic attacks,confusion, phobia’s,disorientation,self inflicted wounds, attempted suicide…is branded or tattooed with a man’s name or ‘daddy’…shows signs of feeling of helpless, shamed, humiliated, shocked, in denial, or in a state of disbelief… exhibits inability to make eye contact…shows extreme weight loss… gives inconsistent stories. [/quote]