According to a Fox News (Latino) report, the tragedy of the fate of the hundreds of girls in Nigeria who have been kidnapped in recent months by the extremist Islamic group, Boko Haram, should remind every person on this earth about the number of humans who are being trafficked globally every day in today’s society.
In my opinion these are horrendous acts of torture against innocent young women who are trying to live their lives in a normal innocent manner; and this crime against them must be stopped. When I allow my mind to go to this dark situation, I feel it could be anyone of our children who is caught up in this ghastly tortuous act.
“What’s happening in Nigeria is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Terry Fitzpatrick, the communications director for Free the Slaves, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., dedicated to ending slavery.
Fitzpatrick told Fox News Latino, “It’s important to think about rescuing all the children who are enslaved throughout the world.”
The statistics according to the United Nations’ International Labor Organization is estimated that 21 million people are being held in some form of slavery or another, some other groups put the figure even higher and close to 30 million. More than one-quarter of them are children.
In my opinion this is a disaster and every person in the world should do “all” they can to see that these children and people are found and release from slavery. In a society like ours is today, there should be “no-one” held against their will for “any” purpose other than for a law related offense and if these people are not found and released from slavery, they’ll “never” have a life of freedom and they’ll suffer their entire lives as someone’s slave.
In my opinion no human begin should be a “slave” to another person and the world should do everything possible to prevent this from ever happening.
Fitzpatrick said, “The misperception is that sex slavery is the biggest problem but only 22 percent of people in slavery are in the sex trade.”
Human-trafficking is caused by conditions such as poverty, large numbers of people marginalized for reason of class of ethnicity or race, lack of education which is present in places like Mexico, where large numbers of people are trying to cross the border.
Fitzpatrick said, “Millions of people are on the move around the world; and most of those are looking for work.” Places like the U.S.-Mexico border, has a Wild West environment where human traffickers can pose as legitimate labor recruiters.”
There are 60,000 people in the United States who’ve been coerced and tricked into doing work that they cannot leave, according to Fitzpatrick; and even though they were not in the sex trade, he said, “I’ve interviewed women coming out of these sort of situations and it’s our understanding the majority of them have experienced some element of sexual exploitation.”.
In an unforgettable New York Times magazine article written in 2002 described women and girls from Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa were smuggled into the U.S. through the border with Mexico.
California and Texas ranks number 1 and 2 in suspected instances of trafficking, together accounting for nearly 60 percent of all cases according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.
Charles Marquez, an El Paso, Texas man, was convicted in a high-profile case of seven counts of sex trafficking last year. He had posted ads in Ciudad Juarez newspapers for a total of five years for fake jobs trying to draw-in and attract his victims.
John Martin, director of the Center of Hope, told the El Paso Times last year, “The El Paso area is a powerful place for forced trafficking of labor and sex.”
These are not the only places these sorts of things happen; a Baltimore-area businessman named Alarcon Wiggins pleaded guilty for his part in a sex trafficking ring, promising young women music careers in the music industry.
According to a study conducted in 2014 the commercial sex industry by the Urban Institute found pimps make between $5,000 and $33,000 a week; and the underground sex trade in Atlanta was estimated to be worth $290 million in 2007, which is “nearly 2.5 times bigger than the 2013 payroll of the Atlanta Falcons.”
In my opinion the world needs to work together as one to stamp out slavery of any kind and to find the people responsible for these horrendous acts against others and prosecute them to the fullest extinct.
Barbara Kasey Smith wrote this article based on a report by Fox News.Com (Latino) report.
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