Human Trafficking/is it Slavery?

Human Trafficking (TV miniseries)

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The fight against human trafficking, which for years has focused on rescuing sex slaves and punishing their pimps and smugglers, is now seeking to compel corporations to ensure they aren’t unknowingly facilitating modern-day slavery. United States Congressman Chris Smith told a conference Wednesday inside the palazzo housing the Vatican courts that Delta Air Lines Inc. has already begun training flight attendants to spot potential victims from being trafficked and to notify police upon landing.

The conference was organized by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, which has been on a decade-long campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking.

Between 12.3 million and 27 million people are currently estimated to be enslaved and trafficked under promises of a better life, but forced into prostitution, manual labor or domestic servitude.

The U.S. ambassador-at-large to combat human trafficking, Luis CdeBaca, said awareness of the issue had resulted in legislation to punish traffickers and protect victims, but that the next step must involve making consumers and corporations aware. “It will take private-sector corporations collaborating with countries across regions to trace the supply chain of cheap goods and figure out where trafficking exists and how to fight it,” he said.

But maybe this dont matter when it comes to South East Asia!

Every night the streets of Bangkok are filled with middle-aged men who walk hand-in-hand with teenage girls. These sex tourists have traveled from all over the world to be here and play out their own private fantasy. Some men pay for quick sex, but most prefer to buy a ‘girlfriend’ for an entire night or even several days. The johns behave like young adolescents, publicly pawing their “dates,” squeezing their buttocks and breasts with little shame.

Specialized travel agencies around the globe promote “exotic sexual adventures” with Asian women “who know how to please a man.” After sex tourists experience firsthand how easy it is to buy young girls, they frequently make their own arrangements for return visits.

Thailand, in particular, has been branded internationally as a Disneyland for sexual escapades. A Bangkok-based children’s rights group has tracked the country’s boom in sexual tourism over the past two decades. Its research shows that 2 million foreigners visited the country in 1984, 4 million in 1988, and more than 11 million in 2003.7 Out of the total number of foreign visitors, roughly two-thirds entering Thailand were unaccompanied men. In other words, about 7.3 million unaccompanied men visited the country in 2003. Certainly, not all of these men came as sexual tourists, but it’s a good bet that a significant percentage did. In fact, according to a survey of travel agents con- ducted by international aid agency World Vision, 65 percent of all tourists to Cambodia are men and one-fifth of them travel with the express purpose to have sex.

Male clients from Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan drive the demand for young girls who are virgins. In these Asian cultures, sex with a virgin is thought to bring good luck to a new business venture. Moreover, virgin girls pose less threat of exposure to sexually transmitted disease.

The lucrative market in virgins tempts parents to sell their preadolescent daughters to a brothel for a high premium. It’s a bizarre business: a john may pay $750 for one night with a young girl, and one week later that same girl may be seeing ten clients a night for $2.50 a session.

This is real and it is happening on our streets today. It happens in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chaing Mai, and so on. In many cases it is sponsored by The Rich Elites, and the Mafia gangs from Thailand and abroad. The police only look, and when there is a disturbance, fight or murder they will take an interest, and then it becomes and issue for corruption and monies being paid under the table. As Bernard Trink says “TIT” this is Thailand.