Starting in Feb 2012, CAPM intern Michelle Sham will be reporting on the issue of human trafficking, an issue that has often been associated with foreign populations or countries. It is our hope that this blog series will help shatter myths about human trafficking, provide an alternative view of the realities of this grave human injustice, and to offer information that can aid in catalyzing social action against human trafficking.
Human trafficking is the second largest biggest organized crime in the world where human beings are traded for commercial sexual exploitation or forced slavery. Human trafficking is modern day slavery.
After hearing about accounts of victims, people always ask, “Why don’t they run away or try to escape?” Or “why don’t they just call the cops?” To better answer questions like these, one has to understand how a trafficker operates his business and the circumstances that victims are put through.
Disclaimer: Some details of this post can be disturbing to some readers. Human trafficking is a horrible crime against humanity and as the writer, I feel that it is important to write it as it is. Out of respect and with all my humility, it is my obligation to spread advocacy on this topic and to not hide ugly facts just because it might seem too gruesome. As the writer, I will do my best to present the truth on this issue. Reader’s discretion is advised.