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Transnational Sexual Exploitation is Enabling Human Trafficking

Transnational Sexual Exploitation is Enabling Human Trafficking

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Published by: Jerry E. Brewer, Sr. on Sep 02, 2013
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Column 090213 Brewer 
Monday, September 2, 2013
Human Trafficking enables TransnationalSexual ExploitationBy Jerry Brewer
Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. Thecriminal act, by definition of human trafficking, has amyriad of detailed explanations that outline therecruitment, abduction, transportation, transfer,harboring, and receipt of persons. Victims, thatinclude men, women, and children, enter servitudefor a wide range of exploitative purposes.The endless boundaries of human trafficking includeall racial, socio-economic, and religious cultures. Thediverse tools of the criminal trafficker utilized arethreat, use of force, coercion, and abduction; as wellas subtle tactics to gain voluntary compliance by deception, fraud or issues exploiting vulnerability.Unfortunately, torture and murder often becomes theultimate act of control over the victims.The facilitators of human and sex trafficking go far beyond the initial recruiters and abductors. Thesenetwork of violent transnational organized criminalsinclude accomplices, middlemen, legitimate businesses, elements of the entertainment industry,corrupt police, government, and those people thatpay as clients of these dehumanizing abuses. All of these enablers and enabling environments allow human flesh as a commodity to be trafficked formassive profits.
Human trafficking includes, but is not limited to,those trafficked for forced labor, prostitution, otherelements of sexual exploitation, the harvesting of human organs, and related acts of human servitude.The term "people smuggling" shares a differencefrom the term human trafficking that has beendescribed as voluntary, covert transport from one
location or country to another. In most situations,there may not be any deception involved in thisagreement. Freedom for the smuggled party tocontinue on their way at the agreed to destination isusually permitted.
Sex trafficking through sexual exploitation is anenormously high profit industry in pornography,online sex acts, stripping, commercial sex work, sexshows; as well as marriage for the purpose of sexualservitude.The US Department of Justice reports that "eight inten human trafficking cases involve the sex industry;the others involve labor trafficking." Moreover, itstates that human trafficking has become the second-fastest-growing criminal industry -- "just behind drugtrafficking." Annually, human trafficking worldwideis estimated to be around US$40 billion at aminimum. As far back as 2006 the numbers of those traffickedfor sexual exploitation numbered approximately 800,000, according to U.S. Government sponsoredresearch. This figure did not include "millionstrafficked within their own countries." Approximately 80 percent of transnational victims are women andgirls, and up to 50 percent are minors. Moreover,these numbers do not include "millions of both malesand females globally who are trafficked within theirown national borders -- the majority for forced or bonded labor."
For clarification, a person working in the sex industry can be identified as a victim of human trafficking if they are trapped in servitude for the purposes of prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation. Forthe purposes of sexual exploitation traffickers work tosupply the demand for prostitution and other formsof sexual practices and entertainment.In Latin America, as well as many other parts of the world, problems associated with poverty contributesignificantly to sexual exploitation. Lack of policinginfrastructure as well as corruption in governmentand weak legislation contributes enormously to theproblems.
 Victims, as well as voluntary participants as abusers
and facilitators, often face the consequences of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, unwantedpregnancies, and mental issues and traumas.The criminal human traffickers take advantage of trafficking women into the sex industry preying onthe vulnerabilities that include global markets of poverty, despair, family breakdown, illiteracy andlack of educational opportunities. All of these factorsare welcomed evil tools of the traffickers that givethem great leverage and advantages that do notnecessarily require violence to recruit. Many arelured by deception and fraud towards jobs that arepromised in the bigger cities such as domestic work,restaurants, bars, offices, and other unskilled labor. Another useful tool of the traffickers is to use threatsof deportation to illegal immigrants and theirfamilies.Recently in Salta, Argentina, where there have beenconsistent reports of transnational organized sextrafficking, 37 women were rescued from sexualexploitation. In an interview with Radio Salta, one of the women working as a prostitute told the reporterthat many of her clients were politicians.
The sadness and urgent need for effective legislation,arrests, convictions and extended incarceration forhuman traffickers are that women are in great dangereven beyond sex trafficking. The systematic killing of  women due to their gender, known as femicide, hasincreased the ritual abuse and carnage of women inMexico and Central America.Since 2000 more than 3,800 women and young girls were murdered in Mexico, and many remain missing.Guatemala also finds itself facing the horrors of femicides.In Guatemala City, Guatemala, femicides haveclaimed the lives of nearly 2,200 women and girlssince 2001. Women live in constant fear of beingabducted from the streets by gangs, or forced off  buses at gunpoint into empty lots. The majority of  victims of femicide have been described as virtually unrecognizable, due to torture and sexual mutilation.
 According to the U.S. State Department, as many as
“27 million people may be trafficking victims arou

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