Human Trafficking

Not Natasha D Popa Dana Popa a photo-artist based in London who travelled to the Republic of Moldova and through her photos has document the experiences and the stories of sex-trafficked women and their families. Her book title is ‘Not Natasha’, ‘Natasha’ is the nickname given to Sex trafficked girls with Eastern European looks.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moldova is one of the main trafficking source countries for women and children. It is estimated that between 200,000 and 400,000 women have been sold into prostitution abroad – up to 10% of the female population. In Moldova, Popa worked with the International Organisation for Migration Shelters and Winlock International where she was given access to photograph and document the experiences of 17 women who had been trafficked.

In 2007 Autograph ABP commissioned Popa to return to Moldova where she began to collect the stories of the disappeared and photograph the families, the homes and in some cases the children who have been left behind. Finally, Popa returned to the UK where she documented the spaces where trafficked women are forced into prostitution in the brothels of Soho, London.

Books like this help make the stories real and personal, they give a face to human trafficking, to the victims of the sex industry, people can easily dismiss faceless stories as not real. But when you look at the face of a young girl while reading here story, it becomes real, a real person, who’s life is being destroyed. The are no longer faceless.

Read the full story by Dana Popa, and see more photos from her series at Lens Culture.

This work was commissioned by Autograph ABP, and won the Jerwood Photography Award. It is currently on display in London at Photofusion Gallery through September 18, 2009. You can also buy the book, with more insightful essays about this worldwide problem. You may buy the book “Not Natasha” here.

DCWalk On Saturday, September 26th 2009, the DC abolitionist community will come together to have their first annual DC Stop Child Trafficking Now Walk. September is Combating Human Trafficking Month, and the DC walk will be part of national anti-trafficking efforts, including walks in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas, according to the walk’s website.

The walk has two main goals.

First, it aims to bring together the DC anti-trafficking community, including local authorities, businesses, and the media to raise awareness about modern slavery.

Second, the walk will raise money for anti-trafficking work, focusing primarily on efforts to fight child trafficking. 75% will go to Stop Child Trafficking Now, an organization that works to address the demand side of child trafficking, promoting efforts to investigate the buyers/predators who patronize child victims of sex trafficking. 15% will go to Courtney’s House, a safe-house in DC for child victims of sex trafficking, and 10% will go to DC Stop Modern Slavery.

If you live in DC or one of the other go and be part of this, be a voice of the voiceless.

When: Saturday, September 26, 2009.

Registration opens at 9:00 am
Walk begins at  10:00 am


Where: Meridian Hill Park (View Map)

   15th St NW and Euclid St NW
   Washington DC

Ways You Can Get Involved:

Walk or Start Your Own Team
Volunteer
Donate
Be a Partner

child labor Chien-min The US Department of State, new report on Financial Crisis and Human Trafficking 2009 says, Rising Unemployment Leads to Greater Trafficking Vulnerabilities. Says that the economic crisis is causing dramatic increases in the numbers of unemployed, working poor, and those in vulnerable employment. If the crisis continues, more than 200 million workers, mostly in developing economies, could be pushed into extreme poverty, according to the report.

The forced labor implications of the financial crisis are particularly stark for Asia, a region identified with an existing high level of job insecurity. The region also has a high prevalence of existing forced labor; it is home to 77 percent of the world’s forced labor victims.

This growing poverty is making more people vulnerable to both labor and sex trafficking, boosting the supply side of human trafficking all over the world.

And the most effected are children, children are the most valuable to be trafficked, for both forced labor and the sex trade. They are easily obtained from poor families willing to sell their children for much needed money, and many part with their children on false promises of schooling or prosperity. And children are easy to just take, kidnap. As well as young women looking for work to survive are easily deceived into trafficking with the lure of a good job.

You can read the full report here.

18975033_RoitFor I deliver the afflicted who is crying, And the fatherless who hath no helper. Job 29:12

During my time with YWAM I worked on the streets reaching children living on the streets, the vast majority surviving as prostitutes. The youngest rescued by the ministry was 11, yes a 11 year old girl living on the street selling herself. But the shocking truth that most people cannot believe is this was on the streets of America, not some third world county.

One of the girls I had numerous contact with was Shannon, she was in her mid 20’s, she estimated (she had lost track of her age), her story was a tragedy. At 8 years old her mother took her to a motel to meet a man and let him have sex with her. When he was finished with her, her mother said, now you know how to make a living, your on your own. Her mother dropped her at the corner and ever since then Shanna survived by selling her self. No education, she lacked any basic knowledge or skill, only what she learned on the streets, a thousand ways to have sex. She believed her entire purpose on earth was to let men do with her whatever they wanted to her, that all she knew of life.

Her story was one of the many tragedies I encountered, the real tragedy of her story to me is that not once during her young life did one person notice what was going on. Not one man while she was a child selling herself said this is wrong, and did something to help her. They just gladly used her and went their way. Even Law enforcement never stopped her and question a child being on the streets late at night, night after night. Even Christians passed her by every day and paid no attention to her, did not care enough to stop and ask, why are you here. No one cared.

Then I read stories today like that Rhode Island law allows 16 & 17 year old girls work as strippers, as long as they are off by 11:30 PM on school night. An that their Laws Have No Rules against Minors in the Sex Business, that indoor prostitution is legal, even for minor girls. People think it’s only in other countries that human trafficking happens in. That minor girls are used in prostitution and porn is somewhere else. But it’ not somewhere else it is here in every city in America. But no one really cares enough to stop it, they pass buy children living on the streets everyday, but they are invisible to to the eyes who do not what to see them. They are Human Litter on the streets like broken bottles and discarded newspapers. No body wants to do something, take responsibility and act.

The verse at the top, Job 29:12 is Job confessing to God that he did something about such things, he took action, can you make such a claim before God? Do you even notice what is going on.

Children the things people throw a way.

Read the Rhode Island story here.

See my website Not For Sale

World take note: The way we treat children today will determine how they turn out, for good or evil, in the future.

With:

  • 1.5 mi will be added this year to the number already trafficked in the world, most for sex
  • 28% of all children in developing countries are estimated to be underweight or stunted
  • 121 million children of primary school age in the developing world were not in school
  • 16,000 or more children die from starvation EVERY DAY
  • 65 million orphans in Asia alone
  • 42 million orphans in Africa alone
  • 400 million with no access to safe water (1 in 5)
  • 270 million with no access to health services (1 in 7)
  • 640 million without adequate shelter (1 in 3)
  • 1.8 million child deaths each year as a result of diarrhea
  • 100 million homeless children living in the streets around the world
  • 2.8 million kids live on the streets–in the US alone
  • 12 is the average age of entry into pornography and prostitution in the US
  • 11 is the average age of first Internet exposure to pornography in the US
  • 80% of 15-17 year olds have multiple hard-core exposures to porn
  • 90% (most while doing homework) of 8-16 year olds have viewed porn online
  • 2 million children are objects of sexual abuse in the US alone
  • 1.5 mi Cambodia Children 5-14 who can be considered work slaves
  • 17% of Africa’s labor force is children
  • 1 million children of all ages live on the streets of Russia and never attend school
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What is this saying about the future? For those who make it even. Every one of these facts can be changed, must be changed.

child behind bars "The horror is that our children are victimized twice — first by the prostitution and then by the broken system that treats them like criminals while the buyers are given a slap on the wrist, if anything at all. What kind of message is this sending?" asked Founder and President of Shared Hope International, Linda Smith.

This is something I have complained about for years, when I first saw this in action while in YWAM working with teen’s living on the street caught up in the sex trade, law enforcement had no interest in helping the girls, only arresting them. I make this point on my website Not For Sale on my The Victims page.

Shared Hope International will release a groundbreaking report on child sex trafficking in the United States at the Congressional Human Trafficking Briefing on Capitol Hill hosted by the Human Trafficking Caucus and Victims’ Rights Caucus led by Congressman Poe (TX) and Congressman Smith (NJ),  will open a panel discussion on the findings of more than four years of research in America. It highlights the harsh reality that hundreds of thousands of American children are victimized through sex trafficking in the US driven by the demand for the commercial sex acts they perform. A child sex trafficking victim who is purchased for sex by 5 different men per night, 5 nights per week for an average of 5 years would have been raped by 6,000 buyers during her victimization through prostitution. Many of these child rapists are never charged or prosecuted while the young victims’ lives are destroyed.

"From our investigative research gathered from 11 cities across the nation, we’ve found so many victims of domestic minor sex trafficking that are misidentified, and labeled as prostitutes. They are sold every day, every night in every city in America," said Smith. Watch human rights surveillance video instantly here: http://www.sharedhope.org/what/dmst.asp.

Visit Shared Hope International’s website

Visit Not For Sale my website on human trafficking

 

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