Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Human trafficking

The following statistics are from 2012. As people trafficking is the fastest growing international crime in the world, the numbers will have gone up significantly

Source:  the (UNODC) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime


  • "600,000 to 800,000 women, children and men bought and sold across international borders every year and exploited for forced labor or commercial sex (U.S. Government)
  • When internal trafficking victims are added to the estimates, the number of victims annually is in the range of 2 to 4 million
  • 50% of those victims are estimated to be children
  •  It is estimated that 76 percent of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the Internet
  •  50% of those victims are estimated to be children
  • 2 million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade (UNICEF)
  • There are 20.9 Million victims of Trafficking World wide as of 2012
  •  1.5 Million victims in the United States"

source

I have seen a heart breaking movie, based on a true story, a few years ago. It was about a girl from Eastern Europe, who was promised to get a job. Her passport was taken and she ended up as a sex slave. My poem is based on her.

Prompt human trafficking for Poets United
      

Human trafficking

Sparkling eyes,
the kind young
dreams are made off
lured with bait
of a better future,
Bait thrown out
by the greedy ones.
A girl caught in the net
of human trafficking

Her tears silenced,
in a dried up well
Shackled in shame,
teared down by
sex obsessed beasts,
dressed in designer suits
ripping out the soul
of a girl as young
as their daughter

The eyes of the world
don’t meet hers
don’t record what’s going 

on in their backyard
There is shopping to do


18 comments:

  1. Well, as usual, the UN deals with statistics only - no real actions. And, as you mention in the last stanza of your poem - the world is busy ..shopping.

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  2. For all the bright lights and shoppingwe we live in an ugly world but it is so easy to look the other way...or go shopping as you sarcastically put it.

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  3. That last line is a killer! You make the issue visible in this amazing poem. Thank you.

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  4. Beasts are better than these filthy, lowly humans and one step further on the evolutionary ladder. What a shame that this world has come to this! True your last line is a killer, just as Susan says.

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  5. A powerful write - I loved every word

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  6. Yes, when we put a face on it..."young as their daughter," your poems is so meaningful.

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  7. Your final stanza says it all.

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  8. Marja, what is the name of that movie? I watch such films as feel I need to know what is happening in the world, much as it breaks my heart. Your poem captures her to perfection - her bright eyes and dreams starting out, trapped in a hell she cant escape - while the world goes shopping.

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    1. I can't remember but it was on YouTube and it was produced by the victim itself. There are many on YouTube now. I will have another look tonight and see if I can find that one.

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    2. Can't find it There are many on you tube however movies and documentaries All shocking

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  9. A great poem! This has been making the news. Thank you for helping to raise awareness.

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  10. Your words are so realistic as is this problem.

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  11. Thank you for focusing on human trafficking. But I have nothing else to say about this tragedy. I am speechless.

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  12. It's problems like human trafficking that make me wonder if our species will survive. The weak and helpless are so easy to ignore.

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  13. hidden in plain sight.............amazing

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  14. Hi Marja - so well written and so descriptive of the poor girls - just desperate for them. Congratulations on an excellent poem on a terrible subject - all the best Hilary

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  15. The bitter truth. We see, but we choose not to. Selective memories...
    'Shopping to do' - you told a whole story in these words

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  16. And everywhere, the greed allow traffickers to flourish — to abuse and exploit! And we all have a role in stopping it.!What a pity...!!
    Beautiful lines...

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