18th Century Slavery Compared To Modern Sex Trafficking In Nepal

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Women of all ages in Nepal are hurt because they are being trafficked for prostitution, pornography, and other sexual exploitation. This essay will investigate to what extent victims have been denied their human rights to freedom from slavery and how sex trafficking is similar to 18th century slavery.
The article “The Modern Slave Trade” by Kathmandu Post claims that human trafficking for sexual purposes is a large problem in Nepal and officials are doing what they can to stop this nightmare. This article is from Nepal and was made by Kathmandu Post in 2010. Kathmandu post is the largest and best selling English newspaper in Nepal, so I believe I will get good information from this source because it was published in the region I am focused
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Neetu, a sex trafficking victim, was sold to a brothel by their brother and husband of one of her best friends. Neetu recalls, “They loved me so much that I never suspected foul play”. Women in Nepal are at risk of trafficking in their own homes and neighborhoods. Neetu’s family could have been promised money or thought that Neetu would have a well payed job. Because Nepal is a generally poor community the promise of money is enough to enslave yourself or your family. Sex slaves make very little money per customer and most, if not all, of that money will go towards paying debts to pimps and brothel owners. The Kathmandu Post explains a sex trafficking victims depts; “Women who are taken to a destination, with or without their consent, are often required to pay large sums of money for ‘travel expenses’ and thereby become indebted to the perpetrators”. The debts also include housing expenses and other daily needs, because these items cost more then they make the women are trapped in a spiral of debt and cruelty. It is unjust to charge these women for something that they were forced into doing. The sex slaves are not permitted to be freed, leave, or go back home until they have payed back the pimps or brothel …show more content…
Triveni Acharaya, a journalist for an indian newspaper, quit her job to fight against sex slavery. Triveni, and others standing against trafficking, harsh threats from people working for human sex trafficking, including brothel owners and pimps. Sex trafficking doesn’t just deny victims their rights but also the people fighting against this global issue. Triveni comments “Rescuing girls is a very risky job, ' says Triveni. 'Often it represents a loss of nearly 20 lakh rupees ($45,000) to the brothel keeper. And in India any Tom, Dick or Harry would kill for [that] sum of money.” It shouldn’t take large sums of money to end a problem that never should have started in the first place. It is easy to understand why it is so hard to put an end to this conflict; the sex trade is a multi-million dollar industry that and in this day and age money is power, pimps are able to bribe government officials, and this trade’s product is in high demand. To finally put an end to this denial of basic human rights it will take a lot of strength and perseverance, unfortunately those brave enough to step up are being

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