There is a dark side of human interaction, a human institution that for centuries has been called slavery.
Slavery is a fearful concept; it is as fearful as rape and even murder. Slavery is outlawed in many nations, but human trafficking remains to this day. Human trafficking is an abuse of power of position over vulnerable human beings for the purpose of exploitation. So has slavery really ended, or has humanity allowed it to evolve into different forms? The word represents an explosive concept in our nation’s history.It is one so powerful that we feel its reverberations today. To the vicious, the word is exciting, but to the compassionate, the word is deadening.
And now the word’s reverberations begin to ring louder, resonating from what is being called “the largest human trafficking case in US history. ” According to a woman named Clare Hanusz, we may have even tasted the by-products of it. Claire Hanusz is an attorney based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her practice focuses on immigration and nationality laws and civil rights. There's a good chance that all of us, over the past few years, have purchased fruits or vegetables or coffee that were harvested by some of these guys, there's a very good chance", Hanusz said in an interview with ABC.
Hanusz tipped the FBI to a situation happening in Hawaii where people were allegedly lured away from Thailand by the promises of wealth and fortune. Instead, the article reads, they were met with poverty, separated from their passports, and forced into hard labor on farms with “little to no pay. Kevin Bales an expert on modern slavery states “Slavery is what slavery's always been: About one person controlling another person using violence and then exploiting them economically, paying them nothing. That's what slavery's about. ” “Not For Sale,” or NFS, a campaign group advocating the abolition of this modern slavery, says on their website that there are over 30 million slaves in the world today.
And by “slavery” too often we think of past confinements of African Americans or different minorities, in this inhuman activity there is no color category that these victims are put into; no race or gender is exempt.According to the legislation, up to 800,000 individuals each year--80 percent of whom are women and girls--are internationally trafficked or commercially exploited for sex or labor. (Kennel-Shank, April 2006). In their case studies on the globalization of human trafficking, there is one that hits a chord that sounds strikingly similar to the jazzy chords familiar to our home city. Chicago, NFS says, is a place where a club owner can, with a simple phone call, “mail-order” girls from Eastern Europe that will appear in his club by the end of the week.
There, they “dance,” which, in the global language of slavery, means sex trafficking.All too often, the victims are at an average of 17 years old–any older, experts say, and the adolescent prostitutes loose their “youthful charm. ” Anyone can complain about an issue, bark out facts, and with rhetoric and inflection seems to move the sheepish American masses to tears, creating a new trend in the fashion of fear. It takes progress, action, and ideas to solve such issues. I know the perfect solution: we march down to that club with the nice owner, politely decline the services of the juvenile hookers, and castrate the monster who’s name is on the “mail-ordered” package.We’ll remind him that slavery doesn’t only exist on the plantations of the latter 19th century.
We’ll expose that the flashing lights and writhing bodies aren’t too dissimilar to what happened in cotton fields a century and a half ago. Music isn’t loud enough to cover that kind of explosion. In all honesty, we need more education on the subject. Not that I’m saying we should castrate the man, but with education and exposure, the underground trade of human beings would be revealed to a country that I know would not tolerate the same mistake again. Vigilance is key as well.
Law enforcement needs to crack down on the exploitation of humans. Everyday one can turn on the television and hear of a mediocre drug raid. When will we hear of slave raids? Speaking of hearing of these slave raids, more awareness needs to be spread. It is our duty as fellow humans to support programs like NFS (Not For Sale) – an organization that, through education and supplement will expose the true evil nature that is still alive today.
When children learn of the Harriet Tubmans’ and the Fredrick Douglas’s, they need to hear of the Clare Hanuszs and the Not For Sales of the world.A slave, by any other name, still weeps as sweetly. There are options for prevention, but there are options for recovery too. Just because that girl is “dancing” one night and the club is busted the next, she still goes home to her memories, to her poverty, to the depravity that led her right down the path that ended up only driving her more deeply.
Thanks to people like Hanuszs, there is sometimes a spec of light at the end of a dark, jagged tunnel. The workers were paid and granted legal assistance.It was revealed that, while working in various other states, the workers they lured in were only permitted to work in Arizona. All in all, human trafficking is a serious crime that not many people are informed about.
Young woman and children are forced into this sickening business everyday. Woman and children living in poverty do not know the extent of human trafficking due to the lack of education. Not many woman and children know the risks they are taking when they have no choice but to sell their bodies.Governments all over the world should be providing information on human trafficking because no nation is immune from this crime. It is up to each and every one of us to raise our voice against crimes that deprive countless victims of their liberty, dignity and human rights. “We have to work together to realize the equal rights promised to all by the United Nations Charter.
And we must collectively give meaning to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that “no one shall be held in slavery or servitude. ”? -Ban Ki-Moon