I’m glad that someone from Almaty, Kazakhstan wrote to me about a correction in an earlier blog I did about shelters for victims of human trafficking. I wrote about monies made available to their human trafficking shelter by the Kazakh government, it was simply a minimal amount. I hope to hear more from this Kazakh person involved in an NGO helping those people coming out of sex trafficking and re-entering their own society. I need her permission to print what she commented on and hopefully how and why she got involved in this business of freeing up victims from sex trafficking. Everyone has a story…
Here’s the problem with Central Asia and getting the TRUE story from the victims, it is a shame based society. The Kazakh or Kyrgyz women who were tricked or kidnapped and forced into prostitution will not tell on their tormentors for later prosecution if they are captured. If they did, these women fear for their lives as well as the lives of their family. The traffickers know how to manipulate the situation to their advantage. It doesn’t help that the judges can be bribed or bought off with the money traffickers make off of their victims. The vicious circle continues.
See the following link about how one American woman gained the trust of a woman who had been sex trafficked and eventually freed. Also, go to the end of this story and view the map of the world and see which countries are in the most trouble reporting this problem. There are four tiers, the U.S. and Canada are Tier 1 along with Europe and Australia. Troubling to see the countries that are in Tier 4 and I think Kazakhstan is becoming dangerously close to this.
Easy for me to say in the comfort of my own home but “victims of sex trafficking need to bravely tell their stories.” Thus they would put an end to the traffickers million dollar business that ruins lives. Oh, the blogger that puts out pictures of teen girls from Kyrgyzstan for men up to their 50s to date, yeah, the authorities are on to you. Sicko!