Trafficking in women is a repulsive and increasingly worrying phenomenon. It is a true development issue, rather than of a sporadic nature affecting a few individuals, in that it has extensive implications on the social, economic and organizational fabric of our societies. The occurrence of trafficking is facilitated by globalization and by modern technologies and circumstances. Trafficking in women not only involves sexual exploitation, but also labor exploitation in conditions similar to slavery. The victims are subjected to violence, rape, battery and extreme cruelty as well as other types of pressure and coercion. Nations across the globe are much affected by these plagues to society.
Economically speaking, trafficking or prostitution has often been seen as a development problem from the supply side. That is, it is argued that young women and girls are forced (or pressured) into the sex industry by poverty and a lack of alternative employment and income-earning opportunities.
Common excuses include:
"My child is ill and I had to earn money for medical surgery, my parents are retired and have no money to help us."
"Had no living space and had quarrels with relatives."
"Absence of financial means and bad relations with brothers (parents are deceased)."
Increasingly, prostitution and trafficking are also being seen as a... [continues]
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