December is national human rights month. We are ending this year with full exposure to the secrets that thrive in privacy and victims speaking their truth whether it’s sex trafficking victims seeking justice or exposure to modern day slavery in Libya. It is important to continue our focus on vetting and holding these predators accountable because they prey on society’s most vulnerable. These predators more often than not are men.
Before men roll their eyes and cry unfair feminism let’s bring up the stats about who are the majority of rapists, murders and other violations of human rights.
For female rape survivors, 98.1% of the time a man was the perpetrator (Black, Basile, Breiding, Smith, Walters, & Merrick, 2011).
For male rape survivors, 93% of the time, a man was the perpetrator (Black, Basile, Breiding, Smith, Walters, & Merrick, 2011).
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Of the offenders for whom gender was known, 89.3 percent were males.
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Available data for the period 2010 to 2012 indicate that traffickers are mostly men . . . Globally some 62 percent of the suspected traffickers are male.
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Human trafficking are primarily made up of two groups. The first is forced labor meaning peoples are being held against their will with minimal rights if any to work for someone without gaining any of the profits they made. The second is sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is the selling and buying of persons for the purpose of sex without their consent and the victim has no control over their autonomy in addition to giving away all the profits they made to their captor(s). Pimping would also fit into this definition. In both cases victims could be tricked into trafficking. An example of this is being told by an Uncle that if she goes to the U.S. she could go to school for free when in reality she is being sold as a hair braider to work 14 hours without pay or access to her documentations.
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Another example is manipulation by a boyfriend with the intent to force his young girlfriend into prostitution by preying on the fact that she comes from a dysfunctional abusive family. Click HERE to read the article.
All these stats are shocking to say the least but as a society we have a duty to protect the most vulnerable and they are the women and children. If we continue to prey on the bearers of our society and the next generation who will inherit our legacy then we are not only dooming them but ourselves. “I am because WE are and, since we are, therefore I am.” - John Mbiti
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