Monthly Archives: March 2011

Story of a Survivor in California

Article on Survivor in California

This article includes the story of a survivor of a 16 year old girl trafficked into sex slavery. During a walk with her sister when they were approached by a Mexican man and woman. They offered them a job cleaning houses. She then accepted because she was in need of money. During her transport she realized they had lied and she was not going to be cleaning houses. Upon her arrival to where she was trafficked to she was taken to a dark room, where she was chained and drug. Her “boss” was now a man in his 60s. During her years in sex slavery she endured emotional, sexual and physical abuse.

 

In efforts to turn to her negative and horrible experience into something positive that can benefit society, she now works in awareness. In addition to sharing her story,she also works to educate society so they can identify trafficking.

If you want to learn more about identifying trafficking, please read my page above for some tips.

This article also included an important point that a business that is commonly a disguise for sex trafficking are massage parlors. Another important point they make is:

NO CITY OR PLACE SHOULD BE DISREGARDED WHEN IT COMES TO TRAFFICKING. IT CAN BE ANYWHERE!

Again, please be cautious in any actions you take. Traffickers are considered with protecting their investment…..not you.

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Teen Girls Trafficked By Gangs in India

Article on Indian Girls being Trafficked By Gangs

This article tells the story of a girl named Priya. She desired independence since her father was abusive. Priya called a number listed on a flyer for a job thinking she had found a way to become financially independent. The job listing promised 8,000 rupees (monetary currency in India) for 8 hours of work. Little did Priya know this was gang’s technique for tricking girls into the sex slave/sex tourism industry. After she was trafficked, she was moved from city to another all throughout India.

Another girl, Rekha experience the same thing. She was 14 when she ran away with her boyfriend. According to this article she lived with him for 5 months, and then he vanished after selling her to a pimp for 50,000 rupees. Rekha, along with other survivors are now working together in awareness and prevention against trafficking.

This becomes a global problem because this type of trafficking is happening everywhere. Traffickers are taking advantage of vulnerable teenage girls internationally, not just in India. Madras Christian School of Social Service was discussed in this article. According to this article, they work to rehabilitate victims with their families. We need to develop more programs such as this to work to spread awareness to society so people can identify it and prevent it. Vidya Reddy, who works with an organization working on the prevention and healing of child sexual abuse uses a unique technique. She feels it is important to not only educate society but users, or men as well. I feel this technique is brilliant and should be used more often internationally.


80 Victims Rescued in Zamboanga

Article on the rescue of 80 victims

This article gives me so much hope! Today 80 victims were rescued while on board a plane bound for Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. These victims were traveling disguised as tourists. According to this article 75 of these women ranged in ages from 19 to 25. Several girls were also recruited by their relatives in Western Visayas. Please read the article above for more information. 


Former Sex Slave in Cambodia

Somaly Man Foundation

This post showcases survivor Somaly Mam who has now become an activist for Human Trafficking. Mam was raised in Cambodia in extreme poverty. Being forced to live in such conditions created a desperation for survival. Mam and her family were willing to do anything to obtain basic needs. Mam was sold into the sex slavery by a man who posed as her grandfather. To this day, Mam still does not know who this man actually was and what his actual relation was with her. 

After being sold, Mam was forced to reside in a brothel where she was sexually abused and tortured daily. During this period she witnessed the murder of her best friend. In fear of the possibility of them murdering her, she escaped from the brothel. She now dedicates her life to helping victims becoming survivors and educating society about trafficking.

In 1996, Mam established a Cambodian non-governmental organization called AFESIP (Agir Pour les Femmes en Situation Precaire). This organization works to rescue victims as well as helps restore their lives as they begin to rebuild their lives.

Although Mam has helped several people she was has faced threats against herself and her family.

This is another example of why you have to be careful when you try to work in prevention or awareness in trafficking!

People often ask me if I am scared of being harmed by being an activist against human trafficking. My response is similar to Mam’s:

I am not scared because I know I am helping people and doing what God has instructed me to do. How could I be scared with God as my courage?


Hookers for Jesus

Article about a former prostitute who is now a Christian activist

Former prostitute Annie Lobert, is now an activist working to help girls trapped in the sex slave industry. She discusses in this article why it is so difficult for girls to escape from this industry, as well as why they choose to stay.

A reason girls choose to stay is because their pimps control them. They make them feel like if they leave they will have no identity. Obviously, you can’t go to job and put in your resume you were a prostitute. Thus, these girls feel they might as well stay because they see this as their human potential.Their pimps also gain control over their workers because they are their sole provider of basic needs. The fear of having no way to provide themselves with basic needs, income, with few skills is a main factor as to why girls stay in the sex slave industry.

Some of these girls are also scared of having to tell their families. Girls also face the frightening reality that if they do escape and tell authorities about their traffickers, they face the high possibility of being murdered or harmed.

Again I reiterate, traffickers are highly intelligent in their craft. Do not underestimate their ability.

In efforts to help victims restore and heal from their tragic experiences Lobert founded Hookers for Jesus in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The primary services and programs of Hookers for Jesus are mission driven and are designed to minister healing and restoration of individuals and families affected by sexual exploitation.

Lobert has also helped start a church geared towards restoring the lives of former sex victims called Destiny House.

 

 

 

The Destiny Center is a designated safe house. The home is professionally protected with established state-of-the-art security and surveillance measures. In addition to offering short-term residential services, we assist women in emergency situations needing rescue and safe house accommodations. This assistance is offered on a short-term basis, only in life-threatening situations. Our programs and continuum of services are designed as a bridge to healing, self-sufficiency, and permanent housing.


I stated in the “about me” section of my blog, I am a Christian. I am certain the Lord has called me to take the same actions as Lobert and develop safe-housing to help restore the lives of former sex workers. I was encouraged as I read success stories of some of their victims and how they became survivors. This is proof WE CAN conquer this crime. Where there is God, there is hope.


North Korean Women Tricked into Trafficking in China

Trafficking in China

This article discusses how traffickers trick women in North Korea into sex/bridal trafficking in China. Traffickers trick them by offering women an opportunity for a “better life” in China.

**This in my opinion, is why AWARENESS is SO important**

If these women were aware of the tactics traffickers use, they probably would have not fallen for their lies. 

These women are “appraised” based on their looks, marital status and age. Like the bridal industry I wrote about in an older post about India, women endure extreme exploitation and the possibility of bridal trafficking.

According to this article:

North Korean women in their 40s are sold for 3,000 yuan  [U.S.$ 457], those in their 30s for 5,000 yuan  [U.S.$ 761], and those in their 20s for about 7,000 yuan [U.S.$1,066].

It can be difficult to rescue these women because they are often kept in rural areas throughout China. One of the women in this articles also talks about how she was drugged by a woman on a train. As I have said before:

NO ENVIRONMENT IS DISREGARDED IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING



My Apologies

My apologies for the low amount of posts. I have been unable to regularly access the internet this week. I should be back on schedule Monday. Thanks for your patience!

Anna