Causes Of Sex Trafficking In Thailand

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Are you aware that slavery still exists in this generation? This is because our society are not doing enough to prevent this issue from happening. Slavery is a system in which people are held against their own will and they do not have the freedom to make decisions because they are bought and sold like property (Lively, Amy. “What is Slavery?” Study. Pride Foundation. 22 May 2017.). It is also stated that “the 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates 425,500 people or 0.63% of the total population live in conditions of modern slavery in Thailand” (NP. Thailand - Global Slavery Index 2016. The Minderoo Foundation.…show more content…
Sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of persuasion to compel adults and children to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. A commercial sex act includes prostitution, pornography and sexual performance done in exchange for any item of value, such as drugs, money, shelter, food, or clothes. It thrives because there is high demand in Thailand. The common age of a person entering sex trafficking is 14-16, and that they are too young and naive to realize what is happening. Traffickers use fear, violence, intimidation, and threats to ensure compliance and meet demand (NP. “What is Sex Trafficking?” sharedhope. Charity Navigator. 22 May 2017.). According to the Thai Ministry of Public Health and NGOs, there are more than 120,000 people in the Thai sex industry (Reyes, Cazzie. “History of Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in Thailand.” End Slavery Now. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. 8 Oct. 2015. 18 Apr. 2017.). This clearly shows that many people are being forced to work in the sex industry to earn a living. Most of the slaves are working on the ships are migrant workers and/or victims of neighbouring countries like Burma and Cambodia. Trafficking victims are often tricked by brokers’ false promise of “good” factory jobs, then forced onto fishing boats and beaten into submission. They are trapped, bought and sold like livestock, and help against their will for months or years at a time, where they are forced to work grueling 22-hour days in dangerous conditions (Cadigan, Hilary. “A Shocking Look at Thailand’s Modern Day Slavery.” Ciang Mai Citylife. Chiang Mai Citynow! 26 Mar. 2016. 18 Apr. 2017.).

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