Human Traffickers: Another Parasite Amongst Us Guest Post with Hakim Hazim

The public should be especially sensitive to the plight of modern day slaves. Human trafficking, according to the United Nations, “is the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them. “ It’s modern day slavery, pure and simple. The victims are men, women, and children who find themselves caught up and trapped in world of predators. The victims come from every part of the globe and in every color. More often than not they end up in countries where they are enslaved by devil incarnates who troll for cheap labor, and delight in the taste for young, supple flesh.

Trafficking impacts every nation; the only distinction is whether one is more of a source or destination country. Statistics vary depending on the source but it is estimated that the numbers can be somewhere between 20-30 million. Kevin Bales estimates that there are around 27 million. His website has an interactive map that allows the reader to see where the greatest concentrations of slave populations are.

There is a media perpetuated myth that paints the modern day slave trade in terms of sexual bondage featuring women and children as the only victims, but the reality is, most of the victims of traffickers are men who seek to provide a living for their families. According to the U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons report, June, 2009, the primary countries of origin for male victims are the following: China, India, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the Netherlands. The typical strategy of traffickers is to find men who are trapped in endemic poverty. Traffickers promise work that will allow their recruits to find social mobility and financial opportunity in a destination country or place within their current environment. Most of the men have families and dream of sending them money or bringing their loved ones to their new home when they can afford to do so. Once they are under the control of the trafficker, they are stripped of all status, access to family, legitimate or illegitimate paperwork, and the ability to fight back.

The picture is even more dismal for women and children. These victims usually serve a dual purpose for their captors: sexual pleasure and forced labor. These unfortunate souls are with us here in the US, and the indicators of their captivity are listed below:

(Taken from humantrafficking.org)

Indicators for Women and Girls

  • Heavy security at the commercial establishment including barred windows, locked doors, isolated location, electronic surveillance. Women are never seen leaving the premises unless escorted.
  • Victims live at the same premises as the brothel or work site or are driven between quarters and "work" by a guard. For labor trafficking, victims are often prohibited from leaving the work site, which may look like a guarded compound from the outside.
  • Victims are kept under surveillance when taken to a doctor, hospital or clinic for treatment; trafficker may act as a translator.
  • High foot traffic especially for brothels where there may be trafficked women indicated often by a stream of men arriving and leaving the premises.

(Taken from ED.gov)

Indicators for School Aged Children

A victim:

  • Has unexplained absences from school for a period of time, and is therefore a truant
  • Demonstrates an inability to attend school on a regular basis
  • Chronically runs away from home
  • Makes references to frequent travel to other cities
  • Exhibits bruises or other physical trauma, withdrawn behavior, depression, or fear
  • Lacks control over her or his schedule or identification documents
  • Is hungry-malnourished or inappropriately dressed (based on weather conditions or surroundings)
  • Shows signs of drug addiction

Additional signs that may indicate sex-related trafficking include:

  • Demonstrates a sudden change in attire, behavior, or material possessions (e.g., has expensive items)
  • Makes references to sexual situations that are beyond age-specific norms
  • Has a “boyfriend” who is noticeably older (10+ years)
  • Makes references to terminology of the commercial sex industry that are beyond age specific norms; engages in promiscuous behavior and may be labeled “fast” by peers

Traffickers are only one type of parasite we have to deal with; there are many and citizens have to become part of the solution for a healthy community. Every American is responsible for taking back their country from the wolves, predators and extremists within our midst. This requires a self-directed approach to learning. It requires a commitment to increase our awareness so that we can shed the victim mentality and truly become empowered citizens.