PEOPLE WHO GOT HUMAN TRAFFICKED

Feb 18 2021

The use of force, bribery or intimidation in order to gain some form of labor or trade act entail trafficking in persons. Millions of people are trafficked across the globe every year – right here in the US.

Millions of women and girls are living in the long shadows of trafficking in persons worldwide. They live in limbo, in terror, in pain whether they are snared by force, manipulation or deceit.

Because trade in human beings is in the shadows, the precise number of victims is hard to obtain. However, women and girls are mostly trafficked and 3 out of 4 trafficked for sexual slavery. They are trafficked.

Wherever poverty, strife, and gender inequality remain, the lives of women and girls are being abused. Trafficking of human beings is an atrocious evil shattering lives, homes and hopes.

Two survivors tell us their experiences on World Trafficking Day. Their words bear testimony to the unbelievable endurance of the offenders and assist survivors on their journeys to regain dignity, health, and hope.

1.Story of Luiza

Luiza Karimova left her home in Uzbekistan when she was 22 years old and went to Osh, Kyrgyzstan in the hopes of seeking jobs. Karimova, however, failed to find work without a Kyrgyz ID or a university degree. She accepted the challenge when a woman offered her a waitressing job in the capital of northern Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek.

But after arrival in Bishkek, things took a turn for the worse. "They held us at an apartment and took our passports away," Karimova remembers. They told us that we would again be photographed to be registered as waitresses in our new job records. It felt weird, but we trusted them."

Then, Karimova was placed on a plane to Dubai, delivered countdown passports rather than actual passports, and after landing he was shepherded to a flat. "We had to do what the consumers wanted to be sex slaves. I was sent the next day to a nightclub and said at least USD 10,000 had to be received by the end of the month," Karimova said.

For eighteen months, nightclub work dominated her life. One evening, as Karimova was leaving the bar, she noticed a police car coming and waited to let the police apprehend her instead of running away.

"I've been recalled to Osh because I've been false because I've been in prison for one year. I sent a police complaint, arrested three of the smugglers."

Karimova was, however, left to live on the streets, humiliated and without a career after being released from jail. She returned to work in the sex business when Podruga, an organization helping women vulnerable to trafficking in sex and drugs, contacted her. "I was given a job by them. I didn't know I would fit in, but I started to trust them slowly," she says.

Currently, Karimova is trying to ensure that she does not find herself in the same situation. She visits saunas and other locations where sex workers can be with Podruga as an outreach worker. "When I go to Turkey and Dubai sometimes, I find girls who want to gain more. I say, 'Don't leave, please...nothing there's good here for you.'"

Karimova offers women health and safety services and information on legal assistance to keep their future from happening as it did. "We need to warn people about the full impact of sex trafficking and the identification of signs to discourage trafficking in women and children. It's important to begin to increase this understanding in schools that they start early so they don't become victims."

2. Story of Marry from Nigeria:

Boko Haram's rebellion has significantly impacted millions of families in the Lake Chad region of West Africa. Tons of people go home every day in search of a better life and put their lives in the hands of smugglers.

Mary did so at the age of 17 years. In her home in Benin City, Nigeria, she felt there was no hope for her, and so she searched for other locations. They contacted a man, Ben, who offered to go to Italy to find a restaurant job using his contacts.

Shortly after Ben was approached, Mary was called to her house and told her not to run away. In March 2016, she left for Libya along with a group of boys and girls – a stop on her road to Europe.

Mary was in danger in Libya. "One night, Ben had taken two of us children. And he gave another man a different person and said he'd give me a different man if I didn't sleep with him, and wouldn't carry me to Europe. Mary says, he assaulted me."

She needed it but didn't have any way to reach someone home. “I had to stay there for months until they called me to go on the boat,” she says.

After being put on a boat to Italy at last, it was informed that she was living as a prostitute and living in a camp — unfair terms she couldn't and never agreed to.

She said, her voice is rising. "I have a future. I can't get standing in the interest of money on the side of the lane. Standing there will ruin my soul, selling myself. My integrity. My dignity. Everything."

People now claim money from Mary's way to Italy and taunt her mother back in Nigeria. Her speech breaks when she says, "they said that if I don't send money they'd do something very bad for her."

She is anxiously waiting for her papers to be processed. "My sorrow is so great. I am under such pressure. I'm under such pressure. I don't know what... I want to be free. I don't know what to do. For just one day, I want it to be over."

While Mary's hope of a better life is powerful, considering the tremendous misery she has endured as a victim of human trafficking. She says with hope: "One day I will have my papers, I'll have an education and have jobs. She desires to be a prosecutor and she wishes to represent like she has those trafficked. "When girls use their bodies for work, I want to give justice.

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