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Sex Trafficking

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A learning night talk by Josh To on sex trafficking

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Sex Trafficking

  1. 1. Sex-Trafficking = Modern day Sexual Slavery
  2. 2. What is it? • Buying/Selling of persons • forced to perform sexual acts against their will – Other forms of trafficking: • Labour • i.e. sweatshops, construction
  3. 3. What is it? “Sex-Trafficking is the recruiting & transportation persons, for sexual exploitation through the use of force, coercion, deception or threats against the person sexual exploitation → forced prostitution
  4. 4. The Problem Today Sex-Trafficking • 80%+ women, 50% minors • The average age of entry is 12-14 – Some research says 18-19 • ~ 27 million slaves • Compared to Trans- Atlantic • 58% - sex slavery • 36% - forced labour
  5. 5. The Problem Today • Human-trafficking = 2nd largest criminal industry • Fastest growing (USHHS) • $30B industry
  6. 6. Where does this happen? Domestic - July 2014 – KW area - Forced women to be escorts Global - South-East Asia - Eastern Europe - North America
  7. 7. What does it look like?
  8. 8. Result is often forced prostitution
  9. 9. Sex tourism/Exploitation
  10. 10. How does it happen? (how does someone become a victim of trafficking?)
  11. 11. Lured - “Loverboy” - Abusive partner Tricked - Job advertisement - “Waitressing, Modelling” Forced - Kidnapped
  12. 12. Trapped Once lured into the industry, it is almost impossible to leave.
  13. 13. Trapped • Raped • Beaten • Drugged • “Brainwashed” – Traffickers specifically abuse them to diminish their self-esteem/self-w0rth
  14. 14. Loss of Identity • Tattoo/branding – Pimp will tattoo their name or symbol on victim • Documentation taken – Pimp/trafficker holds their passport, identification • Constantly moved around – Across cities & borders
  15. 15. Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHa9MJJgIzQ
  16. 16. Why does it happen? The Perfect Storm - Circumstances/context – Developing countries, poverty – Vulnerable, abused – Traffickers willing to exploit – Victims of authority – War-torn areas • Orphans
  17. 17. Example Camilia, Cambodia - age 11 - Virginity sold ~ $1000 - Average annual income ~ $300
  18. 18. Why don’t they just leave? • Raped, beaten, threatened, drugged, threatened • Stockholm Syndrome • Self-esteem/self-worth diminished • Nowhere else to go (if moved to different country, where do they go for help?) • Documentation taken/destroyed • Expected to earn $ for family • Love? Attention?
  19. 19. What is being done? NGOs • Rescue operations • Victim recovery • Prosecute traffickers • Legislation – Ex: Nordic Model – Canada’s Bill C-36 • $20 million to help victims leave (if they want to) – stop imprisoning prostitutes / trafficking victims – Target buyers of sex & pimps
  20. 20. IJM • Holistic • Rescue, victim recovery, skills- training Work with: • Social workers • Law enforcement • Lawyers • Trauma recovery
  21. 21. Success • 2,266 children, women and men set free from forced labour in India. • 239 girls and young women were rescued from sex trafficking in India, Cambodia and the Philippines. • 43 innocent men and women were set free from prison in Kenya. • 153 criminals were convicted.
  22. 22. Rahab Ministry (local) • Outreach to sex workers – Massage parlours, salons • Leave gifts/care packages • Tutoring, ESL • Crisis Management • Support – Financial, shelter, emotional, social, spiritual – Counselling
  23. 23. What can I do? The feelings I had when first hearing about the issue I’m just a student, This is an overwhelming issue, I can’t do anything..
  24. 24. What can I do? 1) Become educated - documentary, books - be aware 2) Give - it’s not just about $ - give of your time, energy, volunteer
  25. 25. 3) Join an initiative - International Justice Mission UW - Help raise funds and awareness
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