Captivating For Captives

AWARENESS IS USELESS WITHOUT ACTION

SEX Slavery

‘Forced prostitution’ or ‘sex slavery’ is not an alternative career choice that simply comes with some extra occupational hazards. These women are not ‘prostitutes’ in the well-known sense of the word. Sure, many women choose to become sex workers and are paid an agreed amount; however there are many women and girls who do NOT choose this life for themselves, but are forced into it.

If you’ve seen the movie Taken (2008), you’ll already have some idea of how the process may work. These women are slaves; they’re not free to make their own choices. They don’t get paid. They are forced to do what they do. On top of that, they have usually been brutally raped at the outset, beaten, threatened, starved, lied to, sometimes drugged and have endured all of this alone and in deep fear for their lives or their families’ lives. They often contract STDs, sometimes fall pregnant and are forced to have abortions. Sometimes they carry to full term, and their innocent babies are taken away from them. Sadly for most of these victims though, there is no Liam Neeson trying to rescue them. Every day they are forced to service anywhere between 5 – 110 men, depending on the setting.

Girls are forced to 'service' dozens of men every dayImage credits: Consulting on International Human Trafficking

Victims may work as prostitutes out on the streets, in illegal AND legal brothels, in massage parlors, in pornographic films, and out of hotel rooms and private homes. There is no light at the end of the tunnel, nobody to stand up for them, nobody to tell them that they have more value than the current exploitation of their bruised and battered bodies. They are stripped of their dignity, their freedom, their children, and everything that means anything to them in life. In their trafficker’s eyes, they are worth whatever money they bring in. In their own eyes, they are worth nothing.

How does a woman end up in this horrifying situation? There are many ways… each story is different.

In the developed world, human trafficking victims may have been kidnapped or threatened. They may have been women who were looking for love and have been tricked by a potential date, a human trafficker, unbeknownst to the victim. They may have been homeless, or recently aged out of the foster care system. They are usually lacking family support, which makes them easy prey, as no one will notice they’ve disappeared until long after the fact.

Read the story of one young girl, Anna, who became a victim. It paints the miserable picture much better than I can.

In the developing world, the same tactics can apply. However more often they are women who are looking for work, for a way to lift themselves and their family out of poverty, and unfortunately are offered false jobs by human traffickers. Unemployed, uneducated and poverty-stricken women are highly vulnerable to the deception of traffickers.

For a better understanding of the issue of human trafficking, read The A21 Campaign’s ‘The Problem’ (focused on sex trafficking in Europe).

Did you know that around half the victims of sex trafficking are children?

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12 comments on “SEX Slavery

  1. Askme
    February 25, 2014

    Thank you for using your time and talent to blog about this crime against humanity. It always has to be at the forefront of our minds.

  2. secretangel
    February 26, 2014

    Reblogged this on The Abuse Expose' with Secret Angel and commented:
    Please join me in prayer for all victims of abuse and that the people who participate in these abusive actions will be exposed including pornography which feeds into this industry.

  3. Jueseppi B.
    February 26, 2014

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

  4. pippakin
    February 26, 2014

    Reblogged this on Thinking Out Loud.

  5. Cj aka Elderofzyklons Blog
    February 26, 2014

    Reblogged this on ElderofZyklon's Blog!.

  6. Angel Face Foundation
    February 26, 2014

    I have come to know to much about this with my friend Angel Face. She is an addict and has been exploded into this industry by her old boyfriend which has been in and out of jail for beating on her. Thank you for bringing this out and keep up the good work, Gods ASpeed and Peace 🙂

    • captivatingforcaptives
      February 27, 2014

      Truly sorry to hear about your friend, I hope all works out for her. This is the very reason we all need to be talking about this and doing our part to end it!

  7. StrongerSoulSurvivor
    February 26, 2014

    Thank you for this relevant, important post. More awareness is needed. Also, it’s not often I recommend a film for those interested in understanding more about the realities of anything – but Sex Traffic, about two Moldovan sisters, really opened my eyes to how vulnerable women are abused and exploited around the world.

  8. carascrows
    February 26, 2014

    Reblogged this on Randomisms 101.

  9. fig000
    February 27, 2014

    Reblogged this on Where the buck stops and commented:
    The new scourge. If we don’t address these issues there will come a point when we will be overwhelmed by them.

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