Friday, May 15, 2009

Drawing attention to sex trafficking

We are going to begin doing more posts on stories concerning child labor and human trafficking in the weeks and years to come. These are two ills of poverty that are not high in the public's awareness. So we hope to shed more light on these problems by beginning to post stories concerning these two ills.

We begin by noting a new report on slavery produced by the UN. The Voice Of America gathered reaction to the fact that the majority of modern day slaves are used for sex.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says the most common form of human trafficking is for sexual exploitation. In a recent report on modern slavery, the UN says that about 79 percent of people enslaved each year are coerced into prostitution. Some experts believe the best solution is to focus on decreasing the demand.

Human trafficking for sexual exploitation is a growing problem worldwide, according to experts. The victims are mostly women and girls.

In conflict zones in eastern Africa, many women have been abducted for sex.

But the United Nations reports 20 percent of all trafficking victims are children. Some are forced to be child soldiers.
In regions of extreme poverty, many women become trafficking victims as a means of survival, according to experts.

Mark Lagon, the director of a non profit group that advocates against human trafficking, says the economic crisis could make the problem worse.

"I do think the vulnerability of people to become trafficking victims remains intense because economic desperation, while not the singular cause of human trafficking, is an important one," Lagon said.

1 comment:

Nina said...

Help build NYC's first international safe house!!!

Restore NYC on Broadway fundraiser, Monday October 26th!

Unforgettable songs from your favorite musicals will be performed by Broadway stars to benefit the organization Restore NYC (, which provides much needed aftercare services for internationally sex trafficked women in New York City. Tickets are selling fast and you won't want to miss this exciting night of great talent as we seek to bring hope to those that have been brutally victimized by sex trafficking.

Hosted by Jeff Kready (Les Misérables, Billy Elliot) and starring Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, Phantom of the Opera), Tituss Burgess (Jersey Boys, The Little Mermaid), Nikki Renee Daniels (Aida, Les Misérables), Bryce Ryness (Hair), Ann Sanders (Beauty and the Beast, Avenue Q), and pianist Alexander Rovang.

Proceeds of ticket sales will benefit Restore. Please come and make a positive difference in a woman's life by purchasing your ticket online at or at the box office today!

Monday, October 26th at 7 pm
$75 admission

Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025