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She was just a child when he took it from her. He was driving her home when suddenly he pulled off the road and dragged her out of the car. After raping her time and time again he drove off, leaving her battered and bruised – almost dead.

Somehow she made it home and her mother took care of her, unable to press charges as he was a man and they were simply women. They had hoped to avoid him, but a week later he had broken into their house and was threatening to abuse her mother and sisters unless she did what he wanted. This was how she learned to be compliant and do what men wanted to keep them happy; to protect her family. He moved in that day.

Years later he eventually found someone new and moved on. Being the oldest girl at 14, she was now expected to be the financial provider and here was an opportunity… a man had come to the village and was offering a good job in Bangkok! She decided to trust this man and went with him into the jungle. After 2 days of waiting, she got nervous and decided to go home, but the man wouldn’t let her leave and raped her in front of the other women waiting – letting them all know that he was in charge and they weren’t going anywhere!

When the freezer van did eventually turn up, it was packed with women and girls, and they had to sit on each others’ shoulders for the long ride to Bangkok. It was dark, bumpy and uncomfortable. Upon arrival, they were sold to a bar in the red-light district where she was ordered to serve men.

How could she go home? How could she tell her family that she had been so foolish? How could she tell them she was now considered one of the lowest in society? How could they possibly accept her back? So she shut off her heart and started listening to her head. “I will do as well as I can, and make as much money as I can to send back to my family. Then they will be pleased with me and I will make them proud! Maybe one of these Western men will want to marry me and they will take care of my family. This is my new dream. This is my way out.”

So here she stands, being sexually exploited; begging men to choose her. Knowing at any moment, any one of these men could get violent, or refuse to wear a condom… giving her AIDS or getting her pregnant. There could be more than one man in his hotel room and they could gang rape her; anything could happen. But maybe, just maybe, this will be the one to save her.

After all, this is her choice…. right?

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*** Disclaimer: Details have been changed to protect identities.

There are many forms of human trafficking across the world including:

    • Forced Labor (Anti-Slavery)
      Any work or services which people are forced to do against their will under the threat of some form punishment.
    • Sex Trafficking (Shared Hope)
      The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.
    • Child Trafficking (Unicef)
      A crime involving the movement of children for the purpose of their exploitation.
    • Child and Forced Marriage (Unicef & Anti-Slavery)
      – Defined as a formal marriage or informal union before age 18, is a reality for both boys and girls, although girls are disproportionately the most affected.
      – Where a marriage is entered into without the full and free consent of one or both parties, as a result of physical or psychological pressure or abuse.
    • Bonded Labor / Debt Bondage (Anti-Slavery)
      When labor is demanded as a means of repayment for a loan. The person is then tricked or trapped into working for very little or no pay.
    • Domestic Servitude (The No Project)
      When domestic workers are treated like slaves.
    • Child Soldiers (Human Trafficking Search)
      Involves the unlawful recruitment or use of children – through force, fraud, or coercion – by armed forces as combatants or other forms of labor.
    • Organ Harvest (Ungift)
      – Where traffickers force or deceive the victims into giving up an organ.
      – Where victims formally or informally agree to sell an organ and are cheated because they are not paid for the organ or are paid less than the promised price.
      – Vulnerable persons are treated for an ailment, which may or may not exist and thereupon organs are removed without the victim’s knowledge.

Many stories of survivors include the following terms, but what do they actually mean? Here is a list of terms used within Human Trafficking as defined by Dictionary.com. These are not the complete legal definitions but can be used to provide a basic understanding.

Abduct
To carry off or lead away (a person) illegally and in secret or by force, especially to kidnap.

Abuse
1. To speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about; revile; malign.
2. To commit sexual assault upon.
– noun
3. Bad or improper treatment; maltreatment:
4. Rape or sexual assault

Assault
An assault on a person is a physical attack on them.

Child Abuse
Mistreatment of a child by a parent or guardian, including neglect, beating, and sexual molestation.

Coercion
The act of coercing; use of force or intimidation to obtain compliance.

Deceive
To mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit: an engaging manner that easily deceives.

Exploitation
1. Use or utilization, especially for profit.
2. To use selfishly for one’s own ends.

Fraud
Deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage.

Grooming
To prepare for a position.

Human Trafficking
The illegal practice of procuring or trading in human beings for the purpose of prostitution, forced labour, or other forms of exploitation.

Illegal Immigrant
A foreigner who has entered or resides in a country unlawfully or without the country’s authorization.

Pedophile
An adult who is sexually attracted to young children.

Porn / Pornography
1. Television shows, articles, photographs, etc., thought to cater to an excessive, irresistible desire for or interest in something.
2. Obscene writings, drawings, photographs, or the like, especially those having little or no artistic merit.

Prostitution
Having sex with people in exchange for money.

Rape
Unlawful sexual intercourse or any other sexual penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth of another person with or without force, by a sex organ, other body part, or foreign object, without consent of the victim.

Slavery / Slaves
1. The system by which people are owned by other people as slaves.
2. Someone who is the property of another person and has to work for that person.
3. You can describe someone as a slave when they are completely under the control of another person or of a powerful influence.

Smuggle
1. To import or export (goods) secretly, in violation of the law, especially without payment of legal duty.
2. To bring, take, put, etc. surreptitiously: She smuggled the gun into the jail inside a cake.

Traffic
1. Illegal commercial trade in human beings for the purpose of exploiting them.
2.
To trade in (human beings) for the purpose of exploitation.

Transport
To carry, move, or convey from one place to another.