Child Sex Trafficking in Southeast Asia

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In poverty stricken Southeast Asia, every day children become trapped into the prostitution industry. Strangers or even close family members and friends deceive children into sex trade. Once trapped, chances of escape are low. With the sex industry growing and thriving, countries in Southeast Asia continue to tolerate the retail of children for sex acts. The origin of the sex industry is not exact, but the demand for women sold as sex slaves in Asia skyrocketed in 1932. During WWII, the Japan government set up so called “comfort stations,” holding women against their will to work as prostitutes. While held prisoner, any chance of escape was limited. The prisoners, from across Asia, lived in horrid conditions, where diseases, malnutrition, exhaustion, and suicide occurred daily. The Japanese government claimed that comfort stations was to “prevent rape crimes in public, prevent spread of STDs, and to provide comfort for soldiers, so they wouldn’t tell military secrets” (“Timeline of Human Trafficking”). Today, the child sex exploitation flourishes because of the high demand of young or virgin girls and the growing tolerance of sex with young teens in some Asian cultures. Once a girl enters the sex industry, she may be forced into porn or prostitution. The work a girl is succumbed to may be visible, such as street prostitution, or hidden in spas, massage parlors, or in another business (“Sex Slavery/Trafficking: Frequently Asked Questions”). Unfortunately, one can enter the sex trade in multiple ways. Traffickers could lure a girl by a promise of a better life, or one could be sold by their parents because of economic reasons. Once sold, captors will keep the prisoners’ official document and move their prisoners to different co... ... middle of paper ... be any value to their captors, they either end up in the streets or become sold into other laborious trafficking industries. If not stopped, the sex industry will continue to grow and children and teenagers will become trapped into a dangerous world. Works Cited “Child Sex Trafficking Thrives in Thailand.” Fox News. Fox News Network, 16 Aug 2006. Web. 10 Feb 2014. Glotfelty, Elliot. “Boys, Too: The Forgotten Stories of Human Trafficking.” Fair Observer. Fair Observer, 2 Oct 2013. 3 Feb 2014 “Sex Slavery/Trafficking: Frequently Asked Questions.” Soroptimist. Soroptimist International of the Americas, n.d. Web. 1 Jan 30. “Timeline of Human trafficking.” Rutgers University Campus Coalition Against Trafficking. n.p., n.d. Web. 14 Feb 2014 “Trafficking in Persons Report 2013.” U.S. Department of State. Bureau of Public Affairs, 19 Jun 2013. Web. 5 Feb 2014.

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