Posted by: Winslie Gomez | 03/10/2007

Prostitution and Human Trafficking

Good News.

UK launches a new initiative.

A unit set up specially to target those active in this field of abuse.

Similarly on the global scene Clare has a lot of info.

LONDON (Reuters) – A new campaign against human trafficking for the sex trade will be launched across the country on Wednesday, police said.

The operation, codenamed Pentameter 2, will target the gang masters who force women and children to work in the sex industry.

It will also aim to help victims and raise public awareness of the problem.

The operation follows a similar four-month project last year after which 134 people were charged with various offences related to trafficking.

Nearly 90 women and girls were rescued from 500 brothels, massage parlours, homes and other premises. About half came from Eastern Europe and the rest from the Far East, Africa and South America.

A permanent unit, the UK Human Trafficking Centre, was set up as a result of the operation, bringing police, prosecutors and officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency together.

It will target people born in the UK who are sold, moved around and exploited by criminal gangs as well those brought in from abroad for thousands of pounds.

Gloucestershire Chief Constable and spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers Dr Tim Brain, said: “The problem is large. It is growing because there are huge profits to be made in the exploitation of young women and young men for sexual purposes.”

“It is morally and legally slavery,” he said.

A telephone information line will be set up to give advice to immigration staff and social workers attempting to identify victims of trafficking.

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Responses

  1. I recently watched the Frontline documentary Sex Slaves, about trafficking focused mainly on poor women from Eastern Europe. Some women do know they are going overseas to work in brothels, but there are a disturbing many who do not. And that is the intention of their traffickers for two reasons. One is obvious, to keep all the money they make off these slaves.

    The other reason, a point which PBS didn’t dare touch, but if you watch the documentary with eyes wide open you’ll understand, is to meet a demand for RAPE. Face it. It’s not just the rare sicko, there’s a whole market for rape that these kinds of traffickers cater to. They WANT a girl who doesn’t know. The johns WANT a girl who isn’t willing, who will struggle against him while he forces her to do things and beats her. They get off on that and they’ll pay somebody to let them do it in a place that’s safe for them. I think ANYBODY who visits brothels stocked with women from poor countries overseas should be aware of this. Good for those few punters who went to the police to give tips about the treatment of women there. But I suspect most of the guys who visit a place like that are in the market for rape and are part of the problem, not the solution. Sad, but face it.

  2. Compartments
    Thanks for the the comment.

    I had not even considered Rape as a reason for going to a brothel.

    What a scary scenario!

    I originally wanted to argue that men need the services of a prostitute to maintain a balance in society. You are painting a different picture, one I never envisaged.

  3. While catching traffickers is all well and good, these organizations still have no idea what to do with the victims. The standard answer — in the UK and US — is to ship them back home when the trial is over. Generally right back into the situation that got them trafficked in the first place.

    That doesn’t solve anything.

    A current article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7026018.stm

  4. Thanks Amanda
    Dashing out the door got rugby training!
    Will catch up with that link later.
    bye

  5. Amanda
    Yarls Wood does not appear to have a very good reputation.

    We (UK) are in a catch 22 situation when it comes to immigration and deportation.

    The money that is generated through trafficking and the sex industry should be the target of all EU Gov’ts.


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