From Russia Without Love. Human Trafficking. Johanna Granville
An estimated 35,000 Thai girls are currently held in debt bondage, and tens of thousands of other women from countries such as the Philippines, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ghana, Nigeria, and most recently, the Soviet successor states…
An estimated 35,000 Thai girls are currently held in debt bondage, and tens of thousands of other women from countries such as the Philippines, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ghana, Nigeria, and most recently, the Soviet successor states are trafficked abroad and forced into prostitution to pay off their debts for transportation and housing. The United Nations estimates that as many as four million people are trafficked throughout the world each year, resulting in illicit profits amounting to seven billion dollars annually.
Given the extent and duration of the problem of global human trafficking, and more specifically, forced and voluntary prostitution, astonishingly few people fully understand it. In Article 3 of the “Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons” that supplements the United Nations Convention against transnational organized crime, human trafficking is defined as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.” Forms of exploitation include: prostitution, forced labor or services, slavery, servitude, or the removal of bodily organs. This article reviews five books on human trafficking that go a long way to inform readers of the causes and consequences of this global phenomenon, and what attempts have been made to curtail it.