Human Trafficking Around the World The Global Reach of Modern-Day Slavery
Human Trafficking Around the World: The Global Reach of Modern-Day SlaveryAs globalization advances, the collaboration among nations has broughtcomfort to everyone in terms of technology and communication. However, withthis growth, negligence in social issues has also increased with rapid speed.One of the most critical socioeconomic issues causing concerns to the wholeworld is Human Trafficking.Human trafficking in today’s age is no more the same old episode of one partysmuggling humans from underdeveloped countries to other party stationed in adeveloped economy. These criminals now have strong roots and agents inalmost every country, and stay connected through technology and by othermeans.South American, Asian and African countries are considered as the breedinggrounds for these illegal activities where poverty, illiteracy and lack ofawareness have blighted the lives of innocent people. These countries arealleged of harboring many “human trafficking nurseries.” Human traffickers
regard these regions as safe havens where they know how to exploit innocenthuman lives.One’s awareness of human trafficking cannot be complete without anunderstanding of current methods being used by these illicit traders.Sex TraffickingSexual trafficking is the most contagious form of human trafficking. It’s a tradeof forced prostitution, where innocent girls are deceived by different forms offraud and coercion. Philippines, Mexico and India top the list of countriesfrom where the demand is met in the trade of sex trafficking.A case was reported recently by Sun-star.com, on 6th of December 2011, thatfour suspected human traffickers are arrested in Philippines, who allegedlytraded three women and two girls to Xiamen, China for commercial sex.American authorities were seen in action when they carried out an operationnear Mexico and USA border, on December 24th, where 11 people were arrestedby Bullard Police, USA. The Bullard Police Sergeant alleged that Victor Guzmanand Cayetano Torres-Rodriguez are running a people smuggling operation. Onthe same day, Indian authorities busted a gang of four people in connection tochild trafficking; “Arresting Sukhdev is great achievement as he is traffickingchildren to different regions of India”, Police claimed.The latest to come on record was the apprehension of two human traffickers inGhana as they traded six Nigerian girls. What was meant to be a stable job in ahairdressing salon became a nightmare for six Nigerian girls who weretrafficked from their country to Ghana and pushed into prostitution atPrampram in the Greater Accra Region. The girls aged between 19 and 23 yearsfrom Edo, Lagos and Delta States were rescued by police upon a tip off. Thegirls were brought into Ghana two weeks ago allegedly by Esther Francis (33)and Eunice Ayegidi (48), a Nigerian residing at Prampram while Victor Tetteh
Koody accommodated them at his unregistered brothel to be used forprostitution.The extent of sex trafficking is increasing with every passing day.Labor TraffickingWhen it comes to trading humans for labor needs, North America, Europe andAustralia are the three hottest destinations for traffickers to land in. They bringcheap workers from the poor countries of South America, Africa and Asia tomeet demand.The conditions in which these laborers live are pathetic, and they are alwaystrying to find out ways to flee. 15th December 2010 saw a drastic tragedy whena boat carrying around 90 asylum seekers, mostly from Iraq and Iran, travelingfrom Indonesia, sank off the coast of Christmas Island (Australian territory),killing at least 30 people aboard. A criminal investigation based on people-smuggling laws is being undertaken.Not to forget the effort of Paraguay-Mexican authorities, to expose a network ofhuman traffickers trading local women to Puebla, Mexico. Fourteen women havebeen rescued in November alone. A law enforcement agency mentioned thatmostly youth who accepted "overseas jobs as models" were chosen by allegedinternational firms. Labor trafficking, child labor and sexual labor are the termsof human trade. As the world’s dominant economies continue to deteriorateand the value of their currencies decrease, the demand of cheap labor is on therise.Child TraffickingChild trafficking is the most threatening classification of the human tradingbeing done worldwide. According to a statement issued by UNICEF, “The globalmarket of child trafficking is over $12 billion a year with over 1.2 million childvictims. Asian and African countries are the most vulnerable regions where
children from age 5 to 15 are traded domestically and internationally as asupply for labor and sex.”India was in the limelight in this regard when, on 22nd of December 2011, thesocial service branch of Mumbai police busted an international humantrafficking and prostitution racket with the arrest of a man who was trying tosend six young girls abroad for entertaining people on New Years Eve.Even China has been subject to human traffickers, as shown last month withthe apprehension of 608 suspects and rescued 178 children busting twoseparate child trafficking groups. An investigation into a traffic accident insouthern Chinas Sichuan province in May led police to the first ring and thesecond ring was uncovered in August.Child abuse is the most horrendous issue, as youth is always said to be thefuture of nation and society. If their lives descend into trafficking hell, we cansee what our future will be.Call to Action:Humans are born with great powers, a wide range of choice, and a great abilityto differentiate good from bad things. So it’s time to show that we can bringthat global problem of human trafficking to an end. It’s time to get unitedagainst that global crime as one nation. Let’s gather on a single platform toprovide solutions to our race. Let’s band together to end this global crime.Muhammad Saad Khan is a social activist and a volunteer in the fight to endhuman trafficking around the globe. He has joined FreedomNow – Acommunity built knowledge base to counter human trafficking as a researchprofessional to learn about prevention, prosecution and protection from humantraffickers.