Prostitution is a multimillion dollar industry, and it occurs all over the world. Prostitution is mainly a female dominated market. Prostitution is a rough subject to study because it is so stigmatized and has had such a bad reputation for so long. People have varying attitudes on prostitution because many see it as sinful or even abnormal. For centuries, the United States has attempted to suppress sexual deviation.
On top of being raped by several men, these victimized women are being drugged and abused, and possibly even killed. Human trafficking is run by big business holders who think they have the same mind set as the rest of society. They think that by selling women, they are doing good for them, even though it “is a real life horror that has victimized thousands of people across the globe” (K... ... middle of paper ... ...inment Close-Up) that is happening around them each and every day. If we had everyone around the globe come together as one, they would be able to make an end to sex slavery sooner. Human trafficking is an issue that needs to be stopped before it gets too far out of control.
This is due to gender discrimination (Miller, 2006). This is because women and children are more vulnerable and appeal to the larger populations of brothels and the so-called “clients” since the majority are men. Ecclestone (2013) stated that children as young as age three are trafficked. Sex trafficking has changed over time; “Today, the business of human sex trafficking is much more organized and violent. These women and young girls are sold to traffickers, locked up in rooms or brothels for weeks or months, drugged, terrorized, and raped repeatedly” (Walker-Rodriguez & Hill, 2011).
Desperate for job opportunities, money, and industrialization, the upsurge of sex slavery was the result of Albania being a very poor country. The outlook of women in Albanian society has drastically changed over the years and is now the start of a new immoral history. The numbers of women and children trafficked not only in Albania but exported from Albania for sex slavery has increased significantly over the last 10 years. According to Martti Lehti, “over the past ten years approximately 100,000 Albanian women and girls have been sold as prostitutes” (Lehti 23). Women who are targeted for trafficking are usually uneducated, which makes them easier to manipulate.
Millions of women and children are engaging in prostitution around the world and it needs to be stopped. Prostitution dates back as far as 2400 BCE in ancient Sumerian and Babylonian civilizations (Sexton). It is defined as the exchange of sex acts for money or something else of value. Many women see it as a last resort to make a lot of money in a short amount of time. Prostitution affects mostly the women selling their bodies and the men buying it.
With his mom abusing him as a child, he became irritated with the torment and thought that it was alright to abuse someone as punishment. The cycle continued. Then looking at his past wives’ and their divorces, Ridgway obviously did not get along with women very well. Then after he contracted gonorrhea from a prostitute, Ridgway finally snapped and began his Green River killings. According to Criminal Justice, almost every murder has a motive (Crime Museum), and these highlights from Ridgway’s past is what most likely caused him to go on his killing spree.
Traffickers who run or control the girls in sex trafficking are called “pimps.” Pimps prey on girls who seem like they have a past of being abused by someone or have a bad home life and are wanting to get out. There are a few different types of recruitment methods of picking up victims. Often they are recruited by family or friends, children are sold by their families, fake marriages, say they can work or study abroad, or get a job as a bartender, dancer, or maid. Although these jobs would not sound pleasing to a normal person, it is exactly what a battered person who is looking for a way out of their current situation needs. The victims are vulnerable and like the offers the pimps make them.
Louise Shelley states "With demand and uncoordinated enforcement efforts, the human trade for labor and sex cannot be stopped." She is right, human trafficking is forcefully moving humans to other locations for sex and labor. Most traffickers use the people for sex trafficking. Martha Irvine calls human trafficking "... a victimless crime, seeing domestic prostitution as something very different from sex trafficking with its cross-border abductions and brutal coercion -- a scourge that's come to the forefront of news in recent years." She states that people often mistake sex trafficking as prostitution but, in sex trafficking the people are always moved and abducted.
“It is reported that 23,000 Cambodian per year are victims of trafficking, including minors” (United Stated Department of State). Laos also has groups of 50 to 100 Lao victims among thousands of Lao national deportees. The UNIAP, reports that because of poverty issues, lack of education and the need of employment, many children are abused and placed in the sex industry. As well, the Polaris Project Organization emphasizes that exposed populations are homeless youth. The United States Department of State adds that parents sometimes force their children to work in domestic services in urban areas, knowing and not knowing the risk of their child being trafficked.
These countries traffic between 700,000 to 1.5 million people (Goodey 26). Any person can be a victim of sex trafficking, but women and children are often the ones that get caught in this industry. Most often women between the ages of sixteen and nineteen are the main targets. The reason these girls are the biggest targets is because they are trying to move away from home and into bigger cities or countries such as France, Spain, and Germany (Andrijasevic 24). These men who own them offer to buy a visa in these countries for them and a plane ticket to get there (24).