There is a global issue spreading rapidly that attention needs to be called to, affecting the human population in the shadows. Sex trafficking has again and again, become a reoccurring problem, especially in the larger cities, behind closed doors. This is exploitation of men, women, and children for sexual use almost in ‘slave like conditions’. Sex trafficking is not a matter of will, rather a matter of force. Most individuals are taken, kidnapped, lead or even sold into trafficking in this respect. In Asia, this matter is growing rapidly every day, in the major hubs of Asia such as Tai Wan, Vietnam, or Hong Kong. Many people are working hard to prevent sex trafficking and locate the trade. The goal is to end sex trafficking and the ideology of modern day slavery, except the object desired is not labor, but human sexuality. Sex Trafficking in Asia is a modern-day product of human enslavement that has begun to occur in mid-1900’s to present day, rooted from slave trade and continually allows a line to be drawn in between human rights and justice.
The issue of sex trafficking in Asia, has increasingly become a rising epidemic as the industry has grown and especially in the recent decades. Preying on children, young men and women, and travelers whom are then forced into situations of rape, abuse, torture, and even death. The struggle for dominance has always been an issue, the desire to have complete control over places or people has been an ingrained behavior humans. Across the globe there a variety of different forms of dominance have occurred such as war, slavery, and rape. Asia is by far the most populated continent on Earth with many countries and cities being overfilled, only making the chances for control over others that much easier. Individuals that are lead into sex trafficking are rather victims or slaves as they are being dominated over. Actions humans do are all stemmed from the motivation of control and security which sex trafficking provides in terms of profit or being sold and sexual fulfillment which is another human desire. The roots of sex trafficking are deeply correlated in the components of slave trade.
The origins of sex trafficking are found within the most well-known form of globalization and human control, slave trade. An example of this was Between the 1600-1800’s people from Africa were captured, beaten, raped and sold into slavery across the globe this was known as the Slave Codes. Slaves were given no rights and were treated as objects, similar to victims of sex trafficking. Rape was a common tool of dominance used within slavery perpetrated by slave owners or the crews of the ships people were sent on. Over time as human rights have developed, the practice of slave trade itself has died off but its characteristics still live on. The Bill titled ‘Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery’ speaks to this fact regarding slavery falling into disuse under article 6. “The act of enslaving another person or of inducing another person to give himself or a person dependent upon him into slavery, or of attempting these acts, or being accessory thereto, or being a party to a conspiracy to accomplish any such acts, shall be a criminal offence under the laws of the States Parties to this Convention and persons convicted thereof shall be liable to punishment” . The concept of buying humans for labor has evolved into a more accepted action of buying or trading them for sexual purposes, consensually or not. Controlling people based on race or gender is still common and is often an accepted notion. Sex trafficking is a very real issue in society and has been around and an evolving epidemic in the recent decades.
Sex trafficking has been a rising ordeal that is now starting to become a prevalent and talked about issue globally. The numbers of individuals and occurrences of incidents are stacking up to astronomical amounts across the world and especially in Asia, Annie George and her co-authors explain this statistic in their article ‘Sex trafficking and sex work: Definitions, Debates and Dynamics’ saying,“The United Nations estimates the number of trafficking victims at more than 30 million, with the largest number originating in Asia, and estimated 1,500,000 annually in South Asia alone” . The Asian population is so densely squeezed across the continent that cities and so many crimes happen at once that sex traffickers are almost never caught. The majority of targets are women and children, and also tourists who are not familiar with their surroundings. The article continues to say “around 8,000,000 women and children are trafficked each year across international borders; 80% of trafficked persons end up in forced sex work” . Sex trafficking is to be considered a modern day version of slavery that is sexually dehumanizing and objectifying individuals based on the need for control over others.
The industry of sex trafficking itself has changed over the course time hiding in the shadows but realistically coming to light. As sex trafficking has evolved its particular characteristics and facts have changed as well. Methods and tactics have changed overtime on how to lure, control and abuse victims, particularly women, in Asia. Technology and modern social media is being used to attract sex workers which has been a more recent device. S. Huda touches on this is his article ‘Sex Trafficking in South Asia’, “Increasing the use of technology to market women and children for prostitution, bride trade, pornography, and other slave like practices via the internet” . Also, women who have experienced abuse in their past are often targeted by sex traffickers as they are less likely to resist harm. “Increased trafficking of women and girls from ethnic and minority groups who are very often also experiencing abuse in their communities and /or caught in conflicts of war” . Sexually transmitted diseases and abortions in result of sex trafficking are becoming more of known fact as less preventive measures are being taken. Michele R. Decker and her fellow co-authors express in their article, ‘Sex trafficking, sexual risk, sexually transmitted infection and reproductive health among female sex workers in Thailand’, that “Compared with their non-trafficked counterparts, sex-trafficked FSWs were more likely to have experienced sexual violence” . Women and children in Asia are being deceptively drawn into and pushed to enter the sex trafficking industry more and more as industry grows and grows.
Globally sex trafficking can look different in varying cultures as it can mean different things and hold different weights in that societies standards. Sex trafficking in the United States versus Asia is equally of importance but can is seen with less seriousness. Western ideals and beauty standards completely uphold the idea of sexual exploitation, especially among women and victims of rape are often not taken seriously. Women have always been made to be seen as sexual objects for the man to enjoy, T.C. Esselstyn comments on this matter in his article ‘Prostitution in the United States’, “Prostitution became a fixture on the moving frontier, where the genuine pioneer woman was a prostitute. Some cities such as Gavelston, Chicago, and New Orleans, acquired an international fame for their number and variety in prostitutes” . The mentality of many people in the U.S. is that women bring the fate of rape unto themselves even if she is forced in sex work. Also in the United States the after effects of sex trafficking is easier to deal with such as having an abortion as an acceptable option to some degree or ability to have medication for a sexually transmitted disease. Many countries in Asia cannot or will not allow this kind of medical treatment as it not culturally moral. No matter where someone derives from sexual abuse should never be morally tolerated.
The key to putting a stop to sex trafficking is to first realize the problem and fight back. Asia has the highest concentration of sexual exploitation and the countries within have begun taking action. As stated in the Vietnam News article ‘UN Project Combats Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia’, “Viet Nam has implemented a National Plan of Action against trafficking in persons and endorsed a national anti-trafficking law” . Vietnam is one of the first countries to begin addressing the serious matter of the modern form of human enslavement. The article continues, “UN-ACT will work closely with governments, civil society, academic and research organizations, as well as the private sector, to strengthen policy and operational responses to human trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and beyond” . One fight, one country, and then eventual one continent will wage a war to end the fight against modern human enslavement.
The scar of slavery is a wound that will always be prevalent on humanity, it has shaped how world relationships have formed and how human equalities have been unlevel. Slavery in human history has created the blue prints and thirst for domination which fuels the prevalence of injustice among humans. Sex trafficking is a method of power used to control victims for the need of domination and economic presence globally. Asia is the largest continent, with some of the most booming cities in the world that can accommodate this lust for power. Sex Trafficking needs to be stopped in Asia, at one of the biggest hubs internationally which will put major impact on global sexual slavery. The implications of sex trafficking only bring negative physical and emotional effects to the human race and needs to ends so world relations can progress.
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Figure 1 : Women as Objects for sale with Sex Trafficking
Figure 2: Advertisement Encouraging Women to Find Work Abroad
Figure 3: Map of Asia where the Progression of Activism to End Sex Trafficking