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Sex Trafficking


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Sex Trafficking


victoria's story


“Stop dreaming girl!” Victoria’s mother barked. “You have to do the laundry, wash the dishes, change your brother’s diapers…” Victoria’s mind drifted off, “I’ve gotta get out of this place!” “Okay, mom”, she responded. Her thoughts drift off again… teenagers in America have nice lives. She had seen it on cable TV. Maybe one day she could be a receptionist, a graphic designer or even a flight attendant. She had always loved the thought of travel. “I’ve gotta get out of Moldova,” she resolved.

Well today is your lucky day. I work for an American company in Turkey; we have an opening for a young woman.

“You look like you’re dreaming.” Victoria looked up from her park bench, “My name is Tanja.” “Hi”, Victoria extended her hand to a well-dressed woman, “Yeah, I’m always dreaming of getting out of this hole. I want to go to America. I want to travel. I hate this place!”

“Well today is your lucky day. I work for an American company in Turkey; we have an opening for a young woman. If you work hard enough, maybe you could get transferred to America! Corporate is always looking for new talent.” What a dream! As the fields sped by Victoria dreamed of her new flat in Istanbul, even a new boyfriend.

by the third day she had lost count, lost her dignity and her will. The dream was now a nightmare

“Get out of the car!” Her dream was rudely interrupted. “Why?” “Get out now and follow me”. “But where are we?” “Now”! Victoria followed Tanja into a forested area. Men were waiting. A passport was thrust into her hands. The photo was familiar but the name was not hers. “You are coming with us now.”

After walking across the border into Serbia, Victoria was thrown to the ground. If you resist we will kill you, and nobody will know! Victoria was raped once, twice, by the third day she had lost count, lost her dignity and her will. The dream was now a nightmare.

In two years she had been sold ten times, each time around $1,500 USD.

Her captors sold her from brothel to brothel to satisfy the lust of desperate men. In two years she had been sold ten times, each time around $1,500 USD. Eventually she was sold into Albania. A client beats her in a urine smelling hotel.

The neighbors complain. The police arrest Victoria for disturbing the peace. In her cell they rape her until they are finished. Then sell her on. This nightmare now becomes her destiny. A child grows in her womb. Victoria clings to the dream that maybe her daughter will have a destiny in America…

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Facts


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Facts


Definition

The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age. [1]

FACTS

  • Trafficking is estimated to be a $150,000,000,000 USD per year industry, affecting 161 countries. [2]

  • There are more than 30 million slaves in the world today. [3]  It's estimated 4.5 million people are trafficked for sexual exploitation annually.[4]

  • 98% percent of trafficked sexually exploited victims are women and girls. [5]

  • The Metropolitan police in the UK estimates that trafficked women forced into prostitution see between 20 to 30 men a day, which would mean at least 7,300 contacts if forced to work every day of the year. [6]

  • Over 5,000 women and children have been trafficked from the Philippines, Russia and Eastern Europe and are forced into prostitution in bars servicing the U.S. Military in South Korea. [8]

  • Up to an estimated 300,000 American children are at risk for trafficking annually within the USA. [9]

  • Traffickers recruit women and children through deceptive means including falsified employment advertisements for domestic workers, waitresses and other low-skilled work and may be as close to home as a relative to the victim. [11]

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People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used.
— Unkown