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Sex Slaves around the World

Sex Slaves around the World

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 Trafficking is a huge global problem hundreds of thousands of peoplehave been trafficked.Women and girls are seized worldwide in the sex trade from Russia andthe other former Soviet republics, large parts of Asia and Central,South America and mainly in India. The women and girls, whose passports and identification papers areconfiscated by the traffickers, sometimes are "recycled" -- turned overfrom one brothel to another -- and many return home only aftercontracting diseases such as AIDS.Some 50,000 people annually -- about half of them in the sex trade --are trafficked into the United States, according to a CIA estimate. "Thetrafficking in the United States is significant, but it's even larger insome other regions where the borders are not as patrolled and guarded The United Nations, which has no estimate of the number of peopletrapped in sex trafficking, is fighting to come to grips with the problem.Negotiators from more than 100 countries are working in Vienna on aprotocol relating to human trafficking as part of a U.N. conventionagainst transnational crime.Human Rights Watch is set to release a report in September on thetrafficking of Thai women into the sex industry in Japan. The activistorganization previously has detailed the shipment of thousands of Nepali women into India, women from Myanmar (Burma) into Thailand,and women from Eastern Europe into Bosnia. A Human Rights Watchstaffer also previously investigated the trafficking of Russian womeninto Israel.young women are being trafficked from Russia to 43 countries at thelast count -- pretty much every Western European country, Canada, theU.S., Mexico, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand."Women from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are trafficked in largenumbers into the Middle East, particularly wealthier nations such asQatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and even SaudiArabia. And she said there is significant trafficking from southern andcentral Africa to Nigeria, which seems to be a transit point to northernAfrica, Spain, and as far north as Sweden and Norway.A couple weeks ago, in response to my post questioning whether or notit's still hard out there for a pimp, some commenters claimed that theanswer to the problem of trafficking was the legalization of prostitution
since, after all, it was "the world's oldest profession."First of all who started that rumor? I would like to nominate the fashionindustry as the world's oldest profession, since someone had to makethose fig leaf threads sported by Adam and Eve on their way out of Eden. But the question at hand is: will legalizing prostitution work?
Let's take a look at the Netherlands where the welcome mat to publicly available sex and drugs has been out for the entire world to cross. Thefame of Amsterdam's Red Light District was such that Thomas Cook Tours (that venerable British tour agency) offered a walking tour of theRed Light District, promising "a fascinating insight into the oldest  profession in the world." To woo prospective visitors, Mssrs. Cook offered reduced price tickets to children under 12 years old and free passes for those under three. Following public outcry, the tour is nolonger available.So what about that Red Light District anyway? I have news for you,folks. It didn't work. Several years after lifting the ban on brothels, Amsterdam's Mayor Job Cohen admits that, while the law was created for voluntary prostitution, "these days we see trafficking of women,exploitation and all kinds of criminal activity."The majority of the women behind the windows are from foreigncountries, brought to the Netherlands under false pretenses, enslaved by their pimps, and subject to acts of violence on a daily basis. The proliferation of sex trafficking in Amsterdam has made that city's Red Light District into an enclave of organized crime and corruption that has caused even the socially liberal Dutch to say, enough. Fromoccupying a large enclave in the heart of Amsterdam's historic center,the Red Light district is now being limited to two streets. The numbersof windows are curtailed and the hours of operation are shortened. Far from enabling safe and consenting sexual encounters to take place,the opening of brothels had the opposite effect, opening the door toheightened organized activity with a related increase in sex slavery. Anyone still thinking that legalizing prostitution is the answer to sex trafficking ought to take a tour through Amsterdam and pay Mayor Cohen a visit. But hurry. The welcome mat is wearing thin.
India is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and commercialsexual exploitation.Internal forced labor may constitute India’s largest trafficking problem;men, women, and children are held in debt bondage and face forced labor working in brick kilns, rice mills, agriculture, and embroidery factories. While no comprehensive study of forced and bonded labor has been completed, NGOs estimate this problem affects 20 to 65million Indians. Women and girls are trafficked within the country for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced marriage.Children are subjected to forced labor as factory workers, domesticservants, beggars, and agriculture workers, and have been used asarmed combatants by some terrorist and insurgent groups. India isalso a destination for women and girls from Nepal and Bangladeshtrafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. Nepalichildren are also trafficked to India for forced labor in circus shows.Indian women are trafficked to the Middle East for commercial sexualexploitation. There are also victims of labor trafficking among thethousands of Indians who migrate willingly every year to the MiddleEast, Europe, and the United States for work as domestic servants and low-skilled laborers. In some cases, such workers are the victims of fraudulent recruitment practices that lead them directly into situationsof forced labor, including debt bondage; in other cases, high debtsincurred to pay recruitment fees leave them vulnerable to exploitationby unscrupulous employers in the destination countries, where someare subjected to conditions of involuntary servitude, including non- payment of wages, restrictions on movement, unlawful withholding of  passports, and physical or sexual abuse. Men and women fromBangladesh and Nepal are trafficked through India for forced labor and commercial
Several countries of the Latin American region have already enacted new legislation criminalizing human trafficking and have takenmeasures to assist victims of trafficking. Experts stressed theimportance of providing victims willing to testify with special protection and support instead of repatriating them immediately totheir country of origin. Similar to ongoing practices in the fight against 

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