Réseaux - 27 May 2011

en - Deceived!

According to article 13.2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to leave any country, including his or her own. Every day some people exercise this right freely, but others are deceived and exploited by unscrupulous people who are traffickers. Preying on the vulnerabilities of those living in poverty.especially women and girls.

The traffickers offer the false hope of good jobs, education, and a means to
assist struggling families. Once they convince the vulnerable to leave their home and families, the
traffickers make them virtual slaves, subject to abusive and controlled employment. The trafficked individuals live in a world of violence and threats. The traffickers take away their identity documents, cut off contact with family and friends, and force them to pay for their own enslavement.

This is an international crisis that calls for united and decisive action on the part of the International Community. The vulnerable must be protected. The traffickers must be stopped.
Some women pay an agent to arrange their journey and passage over borders, so they can find
employment. But, often the women do not make the decision to migrate with full knowledge of the conditions that they are likely to encounter. There is a fine line between smuggling and trafficking. Some women are smuggled by traffickers and are made to believe they will work in legitimate occupations. However, they find themselves trapped into forced prostitution or marriage, domestic work and other forms of exploitation.

The common elements of trafficking cases are coercion and deception. This includes deception about the nature of the work or study, extreme physical, sexual and psychological abuse, intimidating the women into silence by threats against them and their families, forcing them to work in deplorable situations and giving them no choice in their type of work, really forced labor and debt bondage. The people who migrate are much more vulnerable to this exploitation because they are usually people of a lower socioeconomic status, desperate to find new economic means of living. Since they come from this type of situations they are frequently considered guilty, but in many cases they are the victims

 It is with this understanding that we present the
following recommendations to address some of the issues faced by trafficked individuals.
1. Increase the level of awareness and education about trafficking in vulnerable populations, especially those living in poverty. Additionally, public officials, law enforcement and border agents need to be trained in spotting persons who are being or have been trafficked. An international campaign of human trafficking awareness could aid in its prevention. Although www.ungift.org has begun in spreading awareness of the issues, a website will not reach the potential victims of the identified demographic. At country borders, we can address the issue by presenting information in the form of victim stories, trafficking facts, and trafficking assistance agencies to those detained for illegal entry.
As awareness grows, the community will form its own leaders who can inform and educate the other
members of the community who might be deceived by the false promises of the trafficker.

2. Have more resources for the trafficked victims. Trafficked person must be given visas to allow them
to stay temporarily or permanently in the country in which they have been trafficked. Programs like
the US T-visa and the People Trafficking Visa (F-visa) in Australia are examples of good practices we
support.

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