Often when I talk about human trafficking I sense people become uncomfortable as they are not sure of what it means. In today’s world any references to human trafficking which is a modern day term for slavery implies people being sold or exchanged for goods or services.
To me it is slavery. Whatever terminology you choose to describe the ways in which large groups of women and children from various parts of the world are transported against their will, sold or exchanged defines human enslavement. Many are mistreated, sold into sexual slavery, kidnapped, abducted all for the pleasure of persons with perverted desires who wish to see women and children used as points of pleasure for them.
This is violence against women and children. Sexual violence is an under reported fact but which takes place nontheless. Many victims are powerless to change their circumstances and suffer greatly. Here in the U.S. the statistics on human trafficking are increasing. What are we going to do? Are we willing to sit and watch as women and children are sexually violated day after day and given over to violent and predatory individuals with perverted desires?
President Obama signed an executive order recently in which he categorized human trafficking as modern slavery. Essentially the executive order is designed to coordinate efforts in government “to end the injustice and outrage of modern slavery”. This edict has placed human trafficking squarely atop the global agenda. The time for action has come.
Who would have thought in 2012 we would be talking about slavery? It’s time for an end to human trafficking which has as its core sexual violence against women and children. Let us work to end violence against women and children.
October is being celebrated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join me in the fight to end human trafficking.
Harriet Cammock is an author and speaker. To invite Harriet to speak at your next event visit her web site at: www.harrietcammock.org