Women – An Owner’s Manual
One of the current Amnesty campaigns is concerned with protecting trafficked women.
These women are imported from carefully chosen supplier countries including Moldova, Romania, Albania, Thailand, Nigeria and Sierra Lione. Moldovans are now particularly available, with an estimated 25% of the Moldovan population having been exported since the country became independent.
Specific import techniques may vary from woman to woman, e.g.
Coercion and Deceit. Women are offered attractive employment as nannies, waitresses, secretaries, etc. in the UK and other western countries. A reasonable salary is suggested, together with the necessary visas/legal papers, etc. In fact, the job does not exist. Neither do the papers.
Friend/family collaboration. Women may be offered for sale by their own family members (fathers, mothers, aunts, brothers and boyfriends have all been known to supply female relatives/partners as sex products).
Violent abduction. Slightly less common, kidnapping of women is used to supplement the supply of trafficked women.
What is urgently needed are new international laws and guidelines that recognize trafficked women as victims of crime, and offer them basic protection. The Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings has finally been drawn up. However, before it can come into force it must be ratified by 10 states. So far the UK has failed to sign. You could talk to your MP about this. Or write to Vernon Coaker at the Home Office. You could join Amnesty International or support the organization with some cash. If you live outside of the UK check if your own government is doing enough (or anything?) to prevent human trafficking. At least blog it. Because what has been described here is only the beginning of a life of violence, pain, disease, degradation and misery for many young girls.