Pros And Consequences Of Human Trafficking

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It’s true, there are some things money can’t buy. Human beings are not one of them. Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90 ( According to the United Nations’ Trafficking Protocol, human trafficking is defined as “the recruitment, transport, transfer, harboring or receipt of a person by such means as threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud or deception for the purpose of exploitation." (United Nations Trafficking Protocol Art. 3.a) All around the world people are being bought, sold, and trafficked like slaves. They are usually robbed of their God-given rights and forced or manipulated into prostitution or jobs with little to no pay. According to a study done by the United Nations, human …show more content…
These methods range from bondage, lies, threats, violence, debt and other forms of intimidation. Pursuant to statistical data collected by the UN, women are said to constitute about two-thirds of the world’s human trafficking targets. (UNODC). According to the article “Traumatic experiences, psychophysical consequences and needs of human trafficking victims,” Most women acquire severe, “immunodeficiency syndrome; sexually transmitted diseases; stress, psychological; psychotherapy; forensic medicine and psychophysiological disorders.” (Banović and Bjelajac) 28-year old Memey experienced these obstacles first hand. “Memey was born in Temanggung Central Java, Indonesia. Coming from a poor family and having had only a rudimentary education, when her husband died and left her with a small child to feed she saw no option but to try her luck seeking employment abroad. "I looked at my son and my family and knew I could not meet their needs", she explains. "A neighbor told me that there was an opportunity to work abroad in Malaysia as a waitress. Since I had worked in Singapore previously, I thought this would be a similar, if not better, opportunity." (UNODC) This is the type of situation human traffickers’ …show more content…
Soon after her arrival, she was met by a contact person and taken shopping for new clothes and make-up. "After dinner, a man came for me and took me to a hotel room nearby to start work. That was when it finally dawned on me that it was not a waitressing job. I was being made to work as a sex worker." Memey was held captive for four months by middlemen who forced her to do sex work.” (UNODC). Although Meme was fortunate enough to get rescued, she acquired some permanent damage. “When she returned home, Memey did not tell her family about the work she had been forced to do in Malaysia. "I was ashamed", she adds. "I also did not talk about my HIV status for two years afterwards because there is a lot of stigma and discrimination attached to it."

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