Human trafficking is the commercialization of that which no one has the right to sell - human lives. These lives - approximately 30 million women, men, girls and boys worldwide - are bought and sold for labor, commercial sexual exploitation and war.
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Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of reproductive slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, forced labor, or a modern-day form of slavery.
1. At least 12.3 million people are trafficked worldwide.
2. More than 1 million children are victims of trafficking.
3. People are trafficked in 161 countries, including the United States.Human trafficking is a $32 billion industry worldwide.
4. On average, only 1 person is convicted for every 800 trafficking cases worldwide.
In the world of human trafficking, Cambodia is regarded as a “supply state” or a place that, in a sense, provides modern day slaves for the rest of the world. Particular places include Thailand, Malaysia, Macao, and Taiwan.
Women are typically exported for prostitution, though some get off easy with domestic slavery.Men are trafficked for forced labor in the agriculture, fishing, and construction industries.Children are trafficked for sexual exploitation and forced labor in organized begging rings, soliciting, street vending, and flower selling.
It has been found that 90% of those trafficked from Cambodia are women or girls under the age of 18 (most under the age of 13). It can be inferred that the majority of these women and children are being sexually exploited, as Mam was.
In no way does the term “supply state” imply that there is not an issue within Cambodia itself. Women are being held to prostitution everyday against their will. The concept of being a “supply state” points towards a larger issue. Cambodia is exploiting their women not only for their own use, but the use of the world—tying them in with the global issue of human trafficking.
The Source of the Issue In Cambodia:
The root causes of sex trafficking in Cambodia are twofold:
1. Pervasive poverty. People are desperate to find means of survival. In many cases, the only item that many women posses is their own bodies. They then resort to selling themselves. Others (like Mam) are victims and taken against their will and then must remain in their situation or be beat or tortured to death.
2. The cultural and historical status of women and girls as second-class citizens.
Flowing from these root causes are many consequential conditions that have allowed human trafficking to flourish. Although the socio-cultural conditions are complex, it is crucial to identify key problems areas in order to examine effective potential remedies and developing legal approaches. The consequential conditions of the root causes that enable sex trafficking are:
1. Lack of education among women and children.
2. Culturally entrenched second-class status of these groups
3. Involuntary and forced sex-slavery is entangled under laws for prostitution in general (need to recognize their distinct human rights issues) and therefore criminalizing the victims.
4. Huge profits are generated by human sex trafficking organizers.
5. Economic desperation and unemployment (lack of economic options in conditions of poverty) increase the vulnerability of these groups to exploitation by sex-traffickers.
The issue is growing larger every year. The goal of Somaly Mam is to reverse the issue with her various foundations. More information on these foundations, goals, struggles, and achievements can be explored else where on our website.
"HumanTrafficking.org | Cambodia." HumanTrafficking.org: A Web Resource for Combating Human Trafficking in the East Asia Pacific Region. Web. 23 Dec.
“Human trafficking is the slavery of the 21st century. It is estimated that nearly 12.3 million people are working in some form of forced labor worldwide. We have seen a global shift in trafficking in weapons and drugs to trafficking in children and humans. Drugs and guns can be used only once, but the human body can be used over and over again. We must use every tool available to help men, women, and children around the world who are enslaved,” said Maloney.
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TALLAHASSEE — Amid growing concern from Florida's capital to the White House over human trafficking, the head of the state's social-services agency outlined plans Tuesday to create a network of "safe houses" and long-term-treatment facilities where underage sexual workers and other children held against their will could seek refuge and protection.
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