Sex Trafficking

Sex Trafficking

Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

eBook - 2009
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Every year, hundreds of thousands of women and children are abducted, deceived, seduced, or sold into forced prostitution, coerced to service hundreds if not thousands of men before being discarded. These trafficked sex slaves form the backbone of one of the world's most profitable illicit enterprises and generate huge profits for their exploiters, for unlike narcotics, which must be grown, harvested, refined, and packaged, sex slaves require no such ""processing, "" and can be repeatedly ""consumed.""Kara first encountered the horrors of slavery in a Bosnian refugee camp in 1995.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2009
ISBN: 9780231511391
0231511396
9780231139601
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 298 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: CIAO (Organization)

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oldhag Jul 26, 2012

While the U.S. may not be the greatest nation on earth, it's far better than some of the worst. Far, far better. Particularly if you're female, as this book makes clear. What I wonder is, is the U.S. on its way to becoming like the nations where women are devalued, considered inferior, and have no economic opportunities? As wage-slavery (minimum wage, no sick days, no pension, no benefits, etc.) becomes the norm in our society, we see women degrading themselves on "trash tv" in hot pursuit of baubles and bling. We see girl children being sexualized on programs like "Toddlers and Tiaras", in exchange for prize money. How far is that from females willingly, or forcibly, engaging in sex trafficking?
On the subject of prostitution, Kara writes: "A fourth reason for the smaller ratio of sex trafficking to other forms of human trafficking to the United States is my subjective assessment that there is less real demand for sex services among U.S. males than there is among males in other countries. I have no way to justify this assessment objectively, but having traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America, I can say from personal observation that market demand for prostitutes appeared greater in all of those areas than in the United States."
Maybe. IF there is less demand for prostitutes in the U.S., relative to elsewhere, maybe it's because many other countries have cultural traditions of chastity until marriage, and therefore fewer sex workers to accommodate the demand. In some countries, a woman is considered defiled if any man other than her father, or her husband, touches her. Conversely, here in the U.S. we have the "hookup", one night stands, that we call a "date". In that situation, why should any man get involved with illegal prostitution, and the police, when he can get the same sexual services for the price of a few beers or shots? The scariest part of the book for me wasn't the sexual brutalization of girls and women, it was the trafficking of children for "organ harvesting". That is, children who are either sold by their parents, or kidnapped off the street, for the purpose of surgically removing their heart, kidneys, lungs that can then be used to save the lives of adults in need of an organ transplant.
In our glorification of capitalism, and the private market, how far away are we from that scenario?

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