None of us is free until we all are free, said Harriet Tubman, slave.
We fought the horrendous transatlantic slave trade, now we have to come together to fight this new form of slavery which impacts our brothers and sisters all over the world. Despicable men and women are living off the trade in human flesh and this is wrong. It must be stopped.
We must not rest, we cannot rest until we bring this act of human trafficking to a swift end. Police officers, immigration officers and security people cannot do it all, we all have to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour of people travelling with children or women in bondage in plain view. There are ways of spotting people in trouble. Many as so afraid you can actually feel their anxious energy. Follow your gut feelings about these things. Trafficked people may be found at some of the establishments below and I have listed a few tips to help you recognize when someone is in the process of being trafficked.
Sex slaves are often found in:
- Massage parlors
- Escort services
- Adult bookstores
- Modeling studios
- Bars/strip clubs
People forced into indentured servitude can be found in:
- Sweatshops (where abusive labor standards are present)
- Commercial agricultural situations (fields, processing plants, canneries)
- Domestic situations (maids, nannies)
- Construction sites (particularly if public access is denied)
- Restaurant and custodial work.
- Trafficked individuals may be treated as disposable possessions without much attention given to their mental or physical health. Accordingly, some of the health problems that may be evident in a victim include:
- Malnutrition, dehydration or poor personal hygiene
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Signs of rape or sexual abuse
- Bruising, broken bones, or other signs of untreated medical problems
- Critical illnesses including diabetes, cancer or heart disease
- Post-traumatic stress or psychological disorders
Let’s work together in our global village to make our village safe for everyone.