Friday, January 18, 2008

How victims are trapped

A video clip on the UN.GIFT website (United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking) shows how easy it is for traffickers to ensnare women, especially those who are young and destitute.

The video is very short, about a minute or so long. It's basically a crash course in the routine operations of this odious "trade."

It can be viewed here.

(H/T to Sexual Terrorism.)


Tushar said...

UN.GIFT website aims to be an extension of UN GIFT activities worldwide. We would like it to evolve into a vibrant online community where people exchange views, showcase their work, talk about their experiences and strengthen the fight against human trafficking. With your help we can make it a valuable resource and a tool to take this fight forward. The organized crime of human trafficking needs a fitting organized response.

United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) was formally launched in London on 26 March 2007. It is designed to have a long-term impact to create a turning point in the worldwide fight against human trafficking. 27million people are trafficked each year. UN.GIFT intends to take action against human trafficking in all its manifestations – commercial sexual exploitation, bonded labour, organ trade, camel jockeying, forced marriages, domestic labour, illegal adoption, and other exploitative work – through creating partnerships at a global level with all sectors of society.

The ultimate goal of the Global Initiative is to contribute to ending human trafficking– estimated to have a total market value of about $32 billion worldwide. UNODC has a two-pronged strategy for achieving this goal – increasing public awareness of the problem and coordinating existing but disparate efforts by international and national groups, governments and non-governmental organizations and by concerned individuals to end the practice.

Numerous regional GIFT events will culminate in Vienna with a Global Forum against Human Trafficking from 13th to 15th Feb 2008.

The objective of The Vienna Forum is to raise awareness, facilitate cooperation and partnerships among the various stakeholders. It will bring together representatives from Member States, UN system organizations, other regional and international organizations, the business community, academia, non-governmental organizations and other elements of civil society. The Forum will allow for an open environment to enable all parties involved to take concrete steps to fight human trafficking, within their spheres of action.

The Forum will be a catalyst for solution-seeking ideas and address three overriding themes on human trafficking: 1.Vulnerability: why does human trafficking happen;
2. Impact: human and social consequences of human trafficking;
3. Action: innovative approaches to solving complex problems.
· It is time to join forces to prevent human trafficking.
· Give this global problem a global solution.
· Rally under the banner of the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking.
· Get involved!
· Together we can save people and put traffickers behind bars.


Pawlina said...

Thanks, Tushar. It really does take teamwork.

Madison Reed said...


Contact: Madison Reed

Dimanasus Prophecy, A Movie About Human Trafficking in Belarus and Ukraine

(Minsk, Belarus - 21 February 2008) Young Belarusian movie-maker Dzmitry Alyaksandravich Vasilyeu, a resident of Minsk, Belarus, is working on the production of a movie called Dimanasus Prophecy about the tragic consequences of human trafficking. Vasilyeu, a graduate of Belarusian State University, said he began to write his story about human trafficking back in 2005. Says Vasilyeu: "Human trafficking devastates the lives of young people. We need more international collaboration to stop it. Still, the majority of the people of the world don't even know that human slavery exists today."

Dimanasus Prophecy is a fictional love story between a young Belarusian guy and an American girl who unwittingly get sucked into the dark criminal world of human trafficking of women. The movie is a raw, in-your-face portrayal of human nature's ugliest sides; about our potential to allow ourselves to be controlled by avarice that's lower than that of a vicious wild animal, and by very great cruelty insensitive to the pain and suffering of others. "The movie has a surprising good ending, that is sure to challenge what we all think love is," says Vasilyeu. "I hope my movie will grab the hearts of many people all over the world, revealing to them the truth about the young 'sex slaves' of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine - our children!"