Sex for sale Published: Sunday October 24, Reports of sex factories and human trafficking in upscale neighbourhoods in Jamaica are nothing new. It comes more to the fore now because prostitution and human trafficking have become more liberal in a society where handlers boldly tout their practices, no longer keeping it in the closet. Women and girls find the sex trade lucrative because of the quick money. Some women and girls see prostitution as their only way out of poverty because of the earnings, despite the risks.
Of course, making money is not constant and they are at times exposed to violent attacks, run-ins with the law, and harassment from their pimps. Sexual slavery Prostitution and human trafficking are illegal in most countries and are tantamount to sexual slavery. According to the Rome Statute, "Sexual enslavement means the exercise of any or all of the powers attached to the 'right of ownership' over a person. It comprises the repeated violation or sexual abuse or forcing the victim to provide sexual services as well as rape by the captor.
The Rome Statute's definition of sexual slavery includes situations where persons are forced into domestic servitude, marriage or any other forced labour involving sexual activity, as well as the trafficking of persons, in particular women and children. Sexual slavery may include single-owner sexual slavery, ritual slavery sometimes associated with traditional religious practices, slavery for primarily non-sexual purposes where sex is common, or forced prostitution.
Source of income When Outlook spoke with some women involved in the sex trade, it pointed to the issue of income. According to year-old Gena, "I have been in the trade from I was going to school. At age 14, I met a man on the road who offered me a ride and he said he wanted a relationship.
He was 43 years old and said he had a good job. He gave me money and took care of all my needs for school. He even met my mother and introduced himself as her future son-in-law. She was excited about the prospect of her daughter getting a good husband. Our relationship continued and as I got older, he introduced me to new sexual experiences. At age 18, I was part of a threesome and, as a reward, when I graduated from school that year, I was treated to a wonderful graduation, Limousine and all.
Stag party "Days later, I was taken to a stag party and there were some nice men there. My boyfriend told me that I was a big girl now and the time had come for me to earn my own money and he left me.
Two men came on to me and offered substantial rewards for sexual intercourse, including oral stimulation in return. I had sex with both men and was pleased with the monetary haul for two hours of sex. I got a job in the IT industry, but the financial returns were just enough to get me to work and buy lunch. There was very little left to take care of my mother, little sister and brother.
I resigned and worked from home in the days, using my computer skills to make links worldwide promoting my sexual services while trading in foreign exchange. I worked on call to provide sexual services as my clients needed me - day or night - and I have travelled extensively to work for businessmen.
It would now be very hard for me to enter the mainstream workforce. With my current way of life, I will be able to save for my two children and old age when I cannot sell sex anymore. This would prevent so many of them from going into prostitution or human trafficking as an alternative to prevent them from starving and allowing them to support their families.
Luxury apartments While blame is often hurled at the women, the spotlight must be turned on the recruiters who run these operations as big businesses. The persons who operate the trafficking rings are often able to elude the law. It is alleged that they bribe lawmen and are able to rent luxury apartments from landlords who knowingly accept rental. History of Sex Trafficking Sex trafficking of women and children has been practised for thousands of years. This practice finally became a political issue in the early s.
In , the International Agreement for the Suppression of the White Slave Traffic was drafted to prevent procuring women and girls for immoral purposes abroad.
Later, the agreement was ratified by 12 countries and eventually the United States passed the Mann Act of which "forbids transporting a person across state or international lines for prostitution or other immoral purposes" www. With the problem of sex trafficking still growing, the United Nations addressed the problem by through the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others, ratified by 49 countries around the world.
However, the practice is still on the increase. Today, millions of women worldwide are still being kidnapped and transported from their homes and some are even sold by their families for meagre amounts of money. Tortured Women are lured into sex trafficking with the enticement of a good job in another country. With the desire for a better life, the woman decides to move away, unaware of the torture that lies ahead. Her handlers make arrangements for her to leave and she is given an escort.
As she arrives in another country, she is taken directly to her employer, where she has no control over the conditions of her employment. When she discovers the true nature of her employment, it is too late to leave and it is difficult and dangerous to escape if she tries. Women should be careful about accepting proposals of marriage, as they could be lured into sex trafficking.
Sometimes women receive false marriage proposals from men who plan to sell them into bondage. Young girls may also be sold into the sex trade by their parents, who are trying to earn some money for the family. Girls and women are often kidnapped for the sex trade. Debt bondage is a way to keep women in the trade. The woman is held by her employer until she earns enough money to repay the employer for the expenses paid to acquire her.
The amount is usually exorbitant, far more than the actual costs and this may take years to repay. It is also not uncommon for the woman to be forced to continue working or for her employer to sell her back into debt bondage into an inescapable system.