“When I was 12 years old, I met a guy who was 18. I gravitated to this man, because he made me feel safe and secure and gave me the attention from a man that I desperately desired. During the first six months, I felt like I was in love with him. Well, things were about to change.
One evening, when I was 13, he introduced me to two girls named Candy and Cherry. He told me that for all nice things he had done for me, it was now my turn to pay him back. He said that I had to go down the street to the strip club and dance.”- (Alexiana’s story: Escaping from a Nightmare)
Most human beings are tricked into the dark world of flesh trade and sexual abuse, with an apparent masquerade of caress. It is important that we keep our senses wide open, and utilise our brain while getting along with strangers.
Across the globe, about 20 million people are bought, sold and exploited into the sex trade and forced labor, according to Equality Now.
Human trafficking is one of the most profitable crime industries in the world, generating about 30 billion dollars every year. Young girls and boys are kidnapped in groups, either their bodies are sold for sex or for slavery and bonded labour. It’s hard to imagine a modern educated society like this today, where human flesh is traded with for money, which was only crude racism in the past in #UncleTom’sCabin. This brutal crime leaves irreparable impact on the mind of the victims, who generally suffers one or more traumatic experiences, from the time they are ‘taken’ and they are left, biologically and psychologically, incapable of overcoming this trauma. Victims of trafficking are mostly lost into the underworld of crime and destruction. Some of them, even after rescued, never completely revive from the shock and trauma of being violated.
It is important to know how we can help these victims regain themselves, in the right way.
- More genuine rehab centres should take up the major responsibility. NGOs working for restoring individuals from this gruesome experience, should create an environment, victims can communicate with each other, and share their sorrows in order to unburden them.
- It is important for us to reconstruct the thought pattern of such victims who have had a hard time in life. Bringing them back to the main life process is very important, and it can begin only with their employment. Each one of us should lend a hand forward and engage and employ them in activities, which they will like to do, like craftwork, teaching, writing etc. this can give them back their confidence and also reconstruct a positive idea about earning money, which has been demolished by their past trade work.
- Talking to a victim is very important. We as a part of society, should be more sensitive towards victims of such crimes. If we meet even one such person, we should go forward and talk to them, no sympathy, sympathizing with a victim can bring back their gruesome experiences. A heart to heart conversation about positive things can rejuvenate them.
- Society should change their attitude towards victims of trafficking. Instead to setting a taboo for them, each individual should develop a friendly approach towards them. Remember, they are not the criminals but the victims.
- Government should look seriously into the matters of rehabilitation. Just setting up homes, may not work, it is imperative to note, how these homes are functioning. Inspections should be sent from time to time to check the progress of these institutions.
- We as individuals should engage victims with social works and activities that deal with upliftment and rehabilitation processes. This will make them feel worthy of saving some people, and thus will save them too.
- A victim should also be made aware of legal policies against trafficking criminals. If they realise that Government actually have strict punishments for the criminals who have trapped him/her, they will feel relieved and safe.
- Children rescued from trafficking, should be given good education and the government in general, and we as individuals should try for it, so that it becomes easy for them to overcome the trauma, in the light of knowledge.
- We should voluntarily work towards specially training the victims, to help them improve their psycho-social behaviour, manage anger and frustration, and develop a more adaptive living in the society.
Trying is important. Every step we take, will change for betterment. Many organizations are already working towards this issue.
Girls on a Journey Program, a YFT (USA) initiative works every year towards rescuing and restoring atleast 50 young girls, who have been victimised with flesh trade.
We should encourage more such initiatives, the way we can. Social media is a strong podium, each one of us, should engage in blogs and bring up stories of victims who have suffered human trafficking, to create an awareness and generate a positive force for rectification of situations.