Sex Slavery

Sex slavery is when adults and children engage in commercial sex acts against their will as a result of violence, threats, lies, debt bondage and other forms of coercion at the hands of others such as sex traffickers. Victims can be stolen, kidnapped, sold by parents or other family members or others close to them. The US State Department reports, "Traditionally, sex traffickers have subjected women and girls to sex trafficking in brothels, bars and massage parlours; however in an attempt to better conceal their crimes some traffickers have changed tactics and now exploit the victims in hotel rooms and private apartments making them harder to detect."

 

 

Many are forced to pay off the 'debt' that the exploiter paid to transport them in addition to their living and health expenses. If protest is made about their circumstances they are often subdued with violence, rape and torture. They are often traded as chattel between traffickers. Although many countries have legislation to make trafficking and sexual slavery illegal, corruption limits the effectiveness of implementation and prosecutions and convictions are often rare.

 

Amira and Bashira (names changed) are two beautiful teenagers whose family had been enslaved in bonded slavery for many years. The girls had grown up in the brick kilns. As with many young girls in slavery they were abused by their 'owners'. It was learned that these two girls were being prepared for the sex industry in the Middle East, new passport having been prepared by the owners. On hearing this, the family debt was repaid and the family set up in a small shop by which they could become self sufficient. The older of the two girls is now married and living a normal life.

 

The story of Amira and Bashira iIs not uncommon. The vulnerability and exploitation of all girls of any age is rife. Babies even as young as a year old are known to be raped by evil men. There are many estimates as to how profitable sex trafficking is. Some estimates put the figure at over $100 billion.

 

According to the International Labour Organisation, women and girls make up 98% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation. Trafficking women and children for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. This, despite the fact international law and the laws of 134 countries criminalize sex trafficking. UNICEF records that about 2 million children are exploited every year in the global commercial Sex Slavery.

 

For decades, pornography has been praised as the epitome of freedom of expression by men and at times women alike. However, as time goes on, it is becoming recognised that not only does pornography harm individuals and families, but it is also a major factor in the underground sex slave industry. Trafficking is increasing - which means demand is increasing. This means that men are increasingly willing to have sex with women who are being controlled and abused by pimps and traffickers. The biggest sex educator of young men today is pornography, which is increasingly violent and dehumanizing, and it changes the way men view women.

 

Research by Fight The New Drug in 2007 found in a study of 854 women in nine countries that 49% of women "said that porn had been made of them while they were in prostitution, and 47% said they had been harmed by men who had either forced or tried to force their victims to do things the men had seen in porn."

 

"You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know" - William Wilberforce.

 

"It is by standing up for the rights of girls and women that we truly measure up as men." - Archbishop Desmond Tutu