The Slave Next Door: How to End the Cruel Business of Human Traffickers! The cruel business of human traffickers is just like any other business in that the market for it is driven by supply-and-demand mechanics! In order to stop this, we need to be informed about the processes being used by these human traffickers to capture innocent and underprivileged people. Cruel Business of Human Traffickers – Demand of Services: A demand of services means that somewhere in the world, someone needs a job to be done. If there is a high demand for services, there will be a high demand for labor. For example; if it’s a harvesting season of potato, there will be a high demand for farmhands. When the vegetable is totally ripe, they must be harvested or they will rot in the ground. Whereas the farmer might have not needed so many workers a few months back ago after planting, but now they need a lot of workers and urgently. And that’s the opportunity for human traffickers because they can fill the demand of services with slaves from poor countries who are looking for employment and a better future by continuously filling up their table with food three times a day for their beloved children. This is an example drawn from a sense that mostly agricultural workers are low-paid in the poor countries and to get out of their poverty they try to reach the other countries where they can be able to get better employment opportunities and better remuneration as well. Quoting the recent facts updated on Wikipedia: “There are two severe forms of trafficking in persons have increased in past 20 years, i.e.
1. Labor Trafficking 2. Sex trafficking Labor trafficking is inter-related with sex trafficking, as labor trafficking involves recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. And sex trafficking involves Commercial sex induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such actâ€?. Adding to this, human trafficking affects every single region around the world, regardless of socio-economic position, history, or political structure. Human traffickers and smugglers have created an international market for labor trafficking in human beings based on high profit stakes using commercial sex and cheap labor. Human traffickers have exploited the innocent to create a multibillion dollar industry, affecting more than 161 countries worldwide. The toll counts to about 12.3 million men, women and children are trafficked by human traffickers for commercial sex or forced labor today. People are trafficked both in domestic region and also across borders. Migrating people and internally displaced people are particularly exposed to that issue, as evidenced by the aftermath of Haiti earthquake. Labor trafficking destinations are mostly developed countries like USA, Europe, Canada and Australia. In which Australia is becoming more attractive place for human traffickers to increase their trade. Many people from Asian/African countries are trying to get there from the route of Indonesia. And we see daily news that people died and excruciated in these incursions. There are endless examples which show us that the human trafficking is becoming a highly profitable business for human traffickers.
Revolutionary Steps to Be Taken to End the Business of Human Traffickers: 1. To bring an end to human traffickers’ Business Empire, there is a dire need to take revolutionary steps. Use of information technology is greatly needed at this time. We need to create anti human trafficking platform which educates people around the world about human trafficking forms while also helping the victims. 2. We need to develop internet based platforms where people can add their stories, so that anti-human-trafficking experts can get to the root cause of that problem to minimize future exploitation. 3. We need authentic technology-based databases that document and record profiles of human traffickers, so that people can have a resource to identify them. People would also be able to utilize their own social media networks to distribute that information into their peers according to their respective regions. All these things are literally possible since we are living in a “YES” world, where everything seems possible. We need to encourage all people and especially those organizations that are raising their voices against the great crime wave of human trafficking. Having a strong centralizing and unifying virtual location for everyone to collaborate at is what we need to end this anti-human business.
Muhammad Saad Khan is a social activist and a volunteer in the fight to end the cruel business of human traffickers around the globe. He has joined FreedomNow – A community built knowledgebase to counter human trafficking as a research professional to learn about prevention, prosecution and protection from human traffickers.