MATLACK: When you’re dealing with young girls, does the definition of the girl being young enough make it human trafficking?
AGENT: If the girl’s a minor, she doesn’t need to be forced into it for it to be human trafficking. If it’s a 15-year-old girl and you’re her pimp, even if she wants to go out and have sex for money, that’s still considered human trafficking. Once somebody’s an adult, you have to be able to prove that through force, fraud, or coercion that this girl was forced into those sex acts.
MATLACK: And so what’s the breakdown in terms of the cases that you’re pursuing between minors and not minors?
AGENT: I would say it’s almost 50-50.
MATLACK: Can you help me understand how common it is?
AGENT: It is a lot more common that people think. Most people can’t differentiate between human trafficking and human smuggling. People think that this could never happen here, when actually it’s there. You just may not see it, may not know about it, may not hear about it. But, believe it or not, it’s a pretty common occurrence.
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A TIP-OFF to the Salvation Army uncovered their ”abhorrent situation”. Three young women, allegedly lured to Australia from Thailand on the promise of student visas, had been allegedly held against their will to work as sex slaves in a western Sydney brothel.
Yesterday, the Australian Federal Police announced they had arrested the 42-year-old Chinese-Cambodian owner of the Diamonds 4 Ever brothel in Guildford and charged him with human trafficking offences.
The three women, believed to be under 18, claim they were told they were travelling to Australia on student visas but, once here, their passports were allegedly confiscated and they say were taken to the brothel and forced to work as prostitutes.
The brothel’s website boasts of ”dream ladies” and an excellent reputation for luxurious, prestigious services.
South Korea — The unsmiling teenage girl in traditional Korean dress sits in a chair, her feet bare, her hands on her lap, her eyes fixed on the Japanese Embassy across a narrow street in central Seoul. Within a day, the life-size bronze statue had become the focal point of a simmering diplomatic dispute as President Lee Myung-bakprepared to visit Tokyo this weekend.
The statue, named the Peace Monument, was financed with citizens’ donations and installed Wednesday, when five women in their 80s and 90s, who were among thousands forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military during World War II, protested in front of the embassy, joined by their supporters. Such protests have been held weekly for almost 20 years.
For them and for many other Koreans, the statue — placed so that Japanese diplomats see it as they leave their embassy — carries a clear message: Japan should acknowledge what it did to as many as 200,000 Asian women, mostly Koreans, who historians say were forced or lured into working as prostitutes at frontline brothels for Japanese soldiers.
(CHOE SANG-HUN for New York Times)
I recently posted a link to an article (“LEGAL BROTHELS LINKED TO INTERNATIONAL SEX TRAFFICKING RINGS”); below some of the paragraphs from the article, I wanted to share my personal views.
Human Traffick Watch wrote
I have mixed feelings about prostitution (I believe women should do what they want with their bodies, but I believe that the industry harbors criminals, disregards those who are enslaved, and can give men an unhealthy appetite for sex and violence). I hope that law enforcement and society can work alongside those who are willingly in the industry to help eradicate those who are forcing others to work as prostitutes, as well as those who are enslaved.
One person reposted, and added this below:
“…can give men an unhealthy appetite for sex and violence” Ugh, what? Sex work doesn’t do that. A society that encourages disrespect towards women and refuses to acknowledge the personhood of women who engage in sexual acts does that. A society that refuses to acknowledge and respect the validity of sex work does that.
What are you even talking about.
I wrote to this person, but wanted to respond publicly on my blog, because s/he makes an excellent point, and I need to clarify to my followers. I didn’t mean to and don’t blame sex workers for men having unhealthy appetites towards sex and/or violent sex (i.e. rape/sexual abuse). When I said “the industry,” what I specifically meant are those brothel owners, madams, pimps, and those involved in organized crime who either allow johns to abuse prostitues, or those who actually traffic men, women, and children as sex slaves. I apologize for writing a sentence that seemed to blame the victim – it definitely was not my intent and (although I don’t appreciate the attitude, although I realize it’s the nature of the internet), I do appreciate the criticism for helping me continue to be careful in how I handle these subjects.
You have entrepreneurs that are saying ‘wow, I can make $300,000 per girl, per year tax-free.’ And in a stable you’ll have anywhere from four to 10 girls. And you do the math, they’re making money. The girls are reusable everyday. They’re just a product to these guys.
“Kim,” former child sex slave