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    Hi all.


    I came across another good article about trafficking, along with a few extra links that discuss the issue with a bit more attention to detail than the folks at Ruhama do. Here's 3 of the stand-out paragraphs from the article:


    "The media have often focused on dramatic narratives of young girls lured into prostitution rings. But government data suggests that "more foreign victims are found in labor trafficking than sex trafficking," particularly in "above ground" sectors like hotel work and home health care. Official estimates vary widely, but the number of victims could be more than 12 million children and adults worldwide."



    "We're actually seeing an increase in the number of cases of people coming in lawfully, on lawful visas, and then ending up in human trafficking... because people are using those visas as one of the forms of coercion for keeping people working for them against their will."

    "A highly punitive and restrictive immigration system is a factor that leads people to take risks in migrating, sometimes ending up trafficked, although we must also look at poverty, persecution and gender inequities as factors. The growing problem of labor exploitation could be lessened by comprehensive immigration reform that provides visas
    and fair wages to all workers."



    Here's the link to the full article, as well as for a U.S. Government Report on worldwide trafficking, their report on Ireland is about half-way down the page:


    Driven by Globalization, Today

    Trafficking in Persons Report 2010 Country Narratives -- Countries G Through M


    As all of these quotations and sources suggest, it is FAR MORE COMMON for trafficked people to end up in other industries (textiles, manufacturing, domestic servants) than in the sex industry, but it's the media itself which tends to not only primarily focus on, but indeed over-emphasize those exploited persons that do end-up in the sex trade, despite most of them being used for other things. Have a look and discuss.

    And here's a brief piece on the Sex Worker's Project:

    The Sex Workers Project
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    Interesting thread, its not all about sex trafficking!
    You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
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    well trafficking a human being for profit is just it, profit, the problem is the view is the sex trade bad, but the woman who cleans the floor, ahhh well, sure someone has to do it, ladies and gentlemen ,welcome to catholic ireland, and may enjoy your dance at the cross road,

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    Just like to put other information out there, as all too often we only hear about Human Trafficking as it pertains to the Sex Trade. While Human Trafficking in ALL FORMS is completely immoral and totally reprehensible, the fact remains that most of it has nothing to do with the Sex Industry, despite the strong emphasis media and the general public seems to place on it and the few (but always high-profile) cases of it that emerge.

    Perhaps it is as 69' says, that when it's people being trafficked or forced to work in mundane, low-profile types of jobs, little or no attention is paid to it. But the line is crossed in peoples' minds when the topic of sex comes up, and although most trafficked/exploited people are not at all part of the sex business, it is the few cases of this that garners all the attention. Perhaps it's time that far more attention be paid to the practices and functioning of those who actually engage in Human Trafficking, whether it be for the purposes of sex or any other form of exploitation. If ALL Human Trafficking could be combated, then discussions of the topic which focus primarily on the sex industry (and all the negative and unfounded assumptions that are far too often made about those who wok in the industry) would fade away.

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