The prevalence of trafficking may be exaggerated

October 26th, 2009 by Pelle Billing

Trafficking is a horrible practice which is nothing but a modern form of slavery. However, has our digust towards slavery and our inherent instinct to protect women made us exaggerate the prevalence of this problem? An investigation by British newspaper The Guardian, seems to indicate that this is the case in the UK:

The UK’s biggest ever investigation of sex trafficking failed to find a single person who had forced anybody into prostitution in spite of hundreds of raids on sex workers in a six-month campaign by government departments, specialist agencies and every police force in the country.

The failure has been disclosed by a Guardian investigation which also suggests that the scale of and nature of sex trafficking into the UK has been exaggerated by politicians and media.

When it comes to protecting women and being angry about poor treatment of women, we currently have a doubly whammy which makes us focus a disproportionate amount of attention on these issues:

  • Protecting women has been one of the main goals of every culture throughout history, since only women could give birth to the next generation, and the death of a woman was a direct threat to the whole culture.
  • Feminism has taught us that women’s suffering is more important than men’s suffering (whether intentional or not).

4 Responses to “The prevalence of trafficking may be exaggerated”

  1. Jay R Says:

    The feminists howl about supposed sex trafficking where little actually occurs. When it is reported, often it is WOMEN who are doing the trafficking. (This never shuts the feminists up, however.)

    Most human trafficking involves other types of labor, and it is not primarily a female class of victims.

    Keep up the good work, Pelle!

  2. Mark Davenport Says:

    Hurray for The Guardian, and for you, Pelle.

  3. Jeff Lewis Says:

    The problems I see with the sex traffic idea is that suppose some of the women were not forced into this type of prostitution, but were willing and wanted to do this type of work, and went out of their way to do this type of work. (It is a lot of fast easy money, they don’t need a degree, or a green card.) All they have to do is lie and say that someone forced them into it. When perhaps, no one did.

    If they lie here are their benefits based on the anti-traffic laws:

    1. They don’t have to go to jail or be arrested.
    2. They get to stay and live in America for an indefinite amount of time.
    3. The U.S. Government will provide them with housing, food, education and will cater to them since they will be considered victims.

    The way I see it is that this system will encourage people to lie in order to receive all the benefits listed above.

    Everything I heard about this problem was Americans complaining about it, but I never heard from the so-called victims themselves complaining about it. Why is that? Many of the self appointed experts complaining about this have never even met or seen a real victim. They make up a large figure out of thin air that 2 million or more women and children become sex slaves each year. They have been saying this for over 15 years so this means that 15 X 2, 000,000 equals 30,000,000 yet no one can find all these women and children. They have no evidence to back up these numbers, and no one questions them about it. Their sources have no sources, and are made up numbers.

    A key point is that on the sidelines of a debate which has been dominated by ideology, a chorus of alarm from the prostitutes themselves is singing out virtually unheard. They oppose laws against prostitution. But no one wants to listen to the prostitutites themsleves. Only to the self appointed experts that make up numbers and stories.

    It is very difficult to force someone to be a slave, they would have to have 24 hour guards posted and be watched 365 days a year, 24 hours per day. Have the threat of violence if they refused, and have no one notice and complain to the authorities.

    What hard evidence does the police have that these women were forced slaves? Were all the women that the police saw in fact slaves? Did the police prove without a doubt due to hard concrete evidence that the women were victims of being slaves and forced against their will? Did they account for all the benefits they would receive if they lied?
    I find it very hard to believe that most women in this business are forced against their will to do it. It would just be too difficult. There may be some exceptions but, I believe this is an attempt to over inflate an issue in order to get more government money to fight this cause. As a tax payer, voter, and resident I don’t want the government to mislead me.

    The following links will give your more information about this
    Washington post article:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/22/AR2007092201401.html

    Human traffic website:
    http://traffickingwatch.org/node/18

    Guardian newspaper:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/oct/20/government-trafficking-enquiry-fails

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/oct/20/trafficking-numbers-women-exaggerated

  4. Pelle Billing Says:

    Thanks for the comments so far guys, and thanks for the links Jeff — much appreciated.


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