Human Traffic Watch

Underground Trade Part Six: The Shame (of Human Trafficking)

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on March 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm

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“Shame should be reserved for the things we choose to do, not the circumstances that life puts on us.” –Ann Pritchard,author of Bel Canto–

SHAME

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine this thing we used to call “shame.” In the era of reality TV and YouTube, where almost anything goes, shame seems like a social anachronism.

But not in the world of sex trafficking: in that world, shame is wrought through isolation, according toNorma Ramos, co-executive director of the New York-based Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.

“Victims of sex trafficking are very stigmatized,” Ramos said. “All human trafficking is damaging and abusive of a human being’s human rights. With sex trafficking, you’re adding another element. Very often, victims don’t even want to admit they have been sex trafficked because of the tremendous stigma surrounding sexual exploitation.”

Source: Huffington Post

Listen to the story: http://cpa.ds.npr.org/demowgbh/audio/2013/01/012413-TRAFF6w.mp3

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