Archive for August, 2011

Brave Stories already told in 2008 OSCE Report on Sex Trafficking

Please go to the following site which shows many different details related to sex trafficking.

What a thorough report done for OSCE in Helsinki back in 2008.  However, fast forward three years and I believe that the situation has not improved much for victims of sex trafficking. More funds are needed to rehabilitate and return those victims who were forced into labor or sex exploitation to return to their home countries.  Also, internal migration is a problem in Kazakhstan for those who have no jobs in the rural areas and are trafficked to the big cities of Almaty and Astana and other Central Asian cities that are notably monied with “clients.”

Here’s just a teaser of what you will find in this report written by Yekaterina Badikova.  Brave stories have been already told and there are reasons why this is a self-perpetuation problem due to lack of funds to help the victims:

1) problems with issuing return documents for the victims returning to their home countries;

2) unclear prospects of victims’ future upon the return to the environment pushed her to the victimization before;

3) sustainable trends for deviant behavior demonstrated by some victims;

4) lack of cooperation demonstrated by public health and social services contacted by the NGOs seeking professional assistance for the victims passed the rehabilitation programs;

5) attempts of media to unveil the victims’ personality, notwithstanding of the security and safety requirements;

6) long time of investigation and court hearings and lack of funds and the NGOs’ resources to accommodate and feed the victims in the course of investigation and court hearings;

7) victims rejected cooperation with the police after the case was reported, mainly due to mistreatment by the police who openly demonstrated  stigmatizing attitude towards the victims, and sometimes re-victimized them;

8 ) the police officers’ skepticism expressed very often regarding the possibility to investigate the case successfully;

9) mixing of victims of trafficking and victims of other crimes within one case, and unavailability of funds to assist any other individuals in need but only trafficking victims; 

10) the prejudice towards victims, openly expressed by many government  officials who are responsible for combating trafficking; very weak understanding of the phenomenon of trafficking in persons by those officials, and, because of their rapid rotation from one post to another, low  chances for them to study.

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Victims of Sex Trafficking Need to Bravely Tell their Stories

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!

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