GLOBAL WAR AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Disturbing stories continue to emerge in poor developing areas of the globe which give agonizing concerns to people actively involved in attempts to stem the tide of human-trafficking and anti-slavery worldwide. Despite perceived international agencies’ and local NGOs’ vigorous efforts to check the shameful growth of child and human trafficking from poorer countries to  the more affluent West, the ugly pictures  seem to remind all of us that the problem  remain intractable. No one is confident enough to categorically claim that the global multi-billion dollar human trafficking industry has been rocked off its course. One learns of poor Chinese women being shipped to the First World capitals either for slave labor or sexual prostitution by well organized gangs that appear to outsmart all entrapment by law enforcement agencies. Even in yet another mega populated country like India, women and children are trafficked for similar purposes within the country’s border. It is sad to face the glaring truth in Africa as the occurrence of  kidnapping  and  trafficking of  the  continent’s  youths overwhelms  the  starved law enforcement  agencies set up for the purpose but shamelessly  unable  to make a dent in the  activities of  human trafficking and  modern-slavery.

The regular stories of organized buying and selling of newly delivered babies, small children and teenage boys and girls in many West African countries no longer appear disturbing to the general population. In Nigeria most recently, there emerged stories of a father that sold his barely six-month-old son for cash in order to obtain Visa to travel to Greece! Another shocking story was that of a mother who’d arranged to sell her new baby boy through a Medical Doctor in exchange for cash. It was discovered that the same Medical Doctor had three pregnant women waiting to deliver and sell their new babies for cash. (Link:  www.sunnews.com/new...April 9, 2013)

Considering similar stories from poor countries, poverty appears to be one common factor that fuels human-trafficking and modern-day slavery. The Chinese sexual workers in the West regularly remit cash back to assist their families; the Indian prostitutes engage in their trade also to sustain their families, the Nigerian prostitutes in Italy and other European cities similarly aim to assist families back home. Is the global  war against Human Trafficking winnable?