The Trafficking of Women and Why “Me Too” Just Won’t Cut It.

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An estimated 500,000 women are trafficked every year into sexual slavery and even when caught the perpetrators are seldom held accountable. Excused by a justice system that is corrupt, they continue to treat human beings as if they are nothing more than mere bodies for them to do with as they please. Again, in order for these pigs to do what they do, they are supported by people who know what is going on, who see what is going on and who do nothing. They are supported by all the people who pay to use these women, caring nothing that these women are there against their will.

These women are taken and forced into prostitution because they are poor and desperate or they are victims of war and of natural disasters. They have no hope to help themselves and have few options. It is not uncommon for them to be burdened with a need for money for healthcare for themselves or loved ones. We talk about not being able to catch the perpetrators as if that is the answer. Why aren’t we doing more about poverty?  Why is it we are so afraid to peel back the layers of our damaged world, to get beyond the symptoms and address the actual source?  While the fish is great when you are starving, the fishing pole and directions not only feed the body, they feed the soul.  People want the right to self-determine, to create their own lives and make their own choices.  You know, like all of us privileged first world people do.  When did we get to the point where first aid was it.  We arrive at the scene of the accidents, stem the blood flow, and then leave them by the side of the road to die.

THIS is an issue that women should be caring about and speaking to. How dare we complain about inequality and our first world issues when there are women being treated like this. Where is our compassion?? How can we justify our outrage over our right to equal pay and complaining that we cannot buy a new designer purse without a raise in our salary when there are women who just want the right to not be taken from their families and raped every night by dozens of men?  We are outraged by the rich and famous having their “ass grabbed,”  how about listening to the nightmare that these women live with?  And before someone else comes up with some ridiculous, social media sign of solidarity, “me too” campaign, this is a problem that requires real help.  I don’t know that we can fix the damage that has been done to those who manage to escape but I do know that those who are still there right now, have no chance unless we decide that they matter.

I doubt very much that at the end of this life we get to smile and say we helped because we wrote “me too” on a computer screen, or because we burned incense for them one night.  Life is real.  Suffering is real.  This is our world and whether doing nothing may be our most damning crime.

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3 thoughts on “The Trafficking of Women and Why “Me Too” Just Won’t Cut It.

  1. Thank you for your thoughtful article. I think the movement of #metoo is a step in the right direction, though it may be a baby step. People often turn a blind eye to domestic and psychological abuses of all kinds, not to mention human trafficking. I am a huge advocate of anti-trafficking efforts and have personally put my money where my mouth is… let the reader understand. However, I do think that the issues raised with the #metoo are not just entitled Western fluff. I really do think that .they are digging into a deeper cultural issue.

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    • I get baby steps but I have seen too much of this kind of thing where people jump up and claim they know/understand all about an issue and they are comparing drops of water to an ocean. I am not denying any of the trauma of any woman who is put in any kind of sexual attack – misery is not a competition sport but we seem to be willing and able to embrace the water drop and to allow it to outrage us and move us to action while we ignore the ocean. Many people cannot afford money and I am not suggesting everyone must fork it out or even to start forming rescue groups for these women but we need to be part of the dialogue. We need to involve ourselves in legislation and we need to understand that these crimes continue because of poverty and because of (but not exclusive to) the men from first world nations who willingly abuse them. Women raise those men. What effort do we put into educating our sons? There are plenty of things we all can do that do not move us that far from our current comfort zone. Thank you for your comments, you made my day to hear from someone who is engaged. Good luck with your efforts.

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  2. I agree with you. There needs to be more education. Also, I think media and arts and culture propagate many lies, and people should start using those outlets to show the truth. They are influential, especially in a generation raised by TV. Additionally you are right, education for men is a very important thing. Thanks for taking time to respond. If you send your e-mail to me, I may be able to send you some information about a film coming out that will be addressing some of these issues head on in the form of a psychological crime drama.

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