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The Living Spirit
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
HUMAN trafficking is a world-wide phenomenon, a scandal that is a gross violation of human rights and a sacrilege of our Christian faith.
People are used as a commodity, as something you can do business with. And not only that, people are used in the sex industry.
In the internet you can find the hard facts: www.ijm.org; www.caritas.org; www.vatican.va. I like to give some of these facts in order to make us aware on what is going on in this field. The Philippines is also part of this industry. Here are the facts: About 75 to 80 percent of trade in people has to do with sex.
Today, there are more slaves in our world than ever before in history.
Trade in people is not only about sex and work, but also about acquiring and selling organs.
The traders in people make use of a saying in the Sudan, ‘use slaves in order to catch slaves.’ Thus they use women who got used to their ‘work’ in order to seduce young girls to that kind of work. Eighty percent of the North Koreans who fled to China are women. Nine out of 10 are traded to the sex industry.
An estimated 30,000 victims of the trade in the sex industry are dying every year.
Eighty percent of those traded in is younger than 24 years; some are not even 6 years old.
The trader in people gets often 20 times more for what he has paid for his loot.
According to research more than 80 percent of the victims are women. More than 50 percent concern children.
Rebels in conflict zones trade in people in order to get soldiers. The Taliban buys children younger than 7 years old in order to use them for suicide bombing. The price for those children varies from $ 7,000 to $14,000. UNICEF thinks that ca. 30,000 children, younger than 18 years old, are traded in order to use them in armed conflicts.
There is a trade in pregnant women in order to sell their babies on the black market.
More than 30 percent of all cases of trade in people in the years 2007-2008 concern children in order to sell them in the sex industry.
The presence of NATO troops and civilians from the West in Kosovo has increased quickly the trade in the sex industry and forced prostitution.
It is high time that we make an end to this very degrading and inhuman practice.
What is in this with respect to the situation in Cagayan de Oro, the City of Golden Friendship?
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 27, 2013.