Every morning, a little girl gets up, who heads to her master’s field. From sun up ‘til sun down, she works in her master’s field. But as the sun sets, she heads into her master’s house to do all the households. Exhausted from working throughout the day, she heads onto her room and is shock by her master’s shout. Around her ankles are bleeding wounds, since she try to run away. Trembling in fear, she lays down the bed, listening to every sound, wondering, will it happen again? With her master once again? His master lies down, only to rape her. She doesn’t know what to do. She contemplates suicide. At least if she’s dead, the beatings, the rape, the torture and the work would stop!
We all heard stories about slavery. And this little girl’s story gives a straightforward definition of human trafficking. Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and is today’s generation’s slavery. Now, we will know what exactly human trafficking is, its extent, the awareness and response to it. Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons by improper means and improper purposes, such as sexual exploitation, forced labor and other servitudes. According to the United States Development data, an estimated of 600,000 to 820,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders each year, approximately 80% are women and up to 50% are minors.
Philippines is a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking. Some have been bonded laborers as means of repayment for a loan, but the value of their work is greater than the money “borrowed”. There are also instances in which victims are forced to work against their own will, under the threat of violence or punishments. As you would see, there are street children begging across the streets. Most of them are victims of trafficking syndicates who force them to beg just to earn money. Another form of human trafficking is...
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