The Trafficking of Women
The trafficking of women and girls for the purpose of prostitution is big business. It has been and still is one of the biggest industries worldwide. These unfortunate women and girls do not lead normal lives, but rather they are bought and sold as commodities. They also usually have no control over their lives and live in conditions of extreme poverty and abuse. Trafficking, debt bondage, forced labor, and other abuse is suffered by women all over the world and it is a violation of human rights. The problem is one of international proportion. United States feminists as well as many nongovernmental organizations acknowledge that this is a huge problem that needs to be tackled with greater proportions. We exist in a global political economy, which acknowledges the common mechanisms of sexual oppression and class exploitation which could ultimately eliminate the gulf between there being an "us" and a "them" in society. In Mexico alone, in Juarez and Chiuahua, Mexico over 400 women and girls are lives are lost. More than 70 remain missing, but lives are lost to all of the people involved. There have been recent measures taken, but the response still remains inadequate.
Gale Rubin speaks of trafficking in her article The Traffic in Women. She says that sex has always been a desired product and always will be. It is a social activity that has been around since the beginning of time and always will be around. "The "exchange of women" is a seductive and powerful concept. It is attractive in that it places the oppression of women within social systems, rather than in biology. Moreover, it suggests that we look for the ultimate locus of women's oppression within the traffic of women, rather than within the traffic in merchandise. Women are given in marriage, taken in battle, exchanged for favors, sent as tribute, traded, bought, and sold (175)". Even when men are trafficked they still receive a social status that goes along...
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