In class the past couple of weeks, we have been discussing human rights. In this blog post, we will be diving into one issue of human rights, sex trafficking. As always, we will be looking at it in the country of Jamaica.
As in most countries, sex trafficking exists within the Jamaican borders. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Trafficking (http://gvnet.com/humantrafficking/Jamaica-2.htm), the Jamaican government isn’t doing enough to combat it. In the report, the government doesn’t, “fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking”. It also goes on to say that Jamaica is making strides to achieve and exceed those standards. In the report, there are recommendation to improve in the combat of human trafficking. Some of those recommendations include: “expand efforts to investigate, convict and punish traffickers for their crimes; extend training on human trafficking issues among law enforcement agencies; increase funding for shelter services and other assistance to victims; continue awareness campaigns aimed at vulnerable populations, especially young people”. All these methods are dedicated to the issue to help prevent it from happening to helping victims of this cruel practice.
One of our readings this past week is an article from the magazine, Foreign Affairs. The article “Born Free” by Sarah E. Mendelson, states and explains the newly formed Sustainable Development Goals. Among these goals, human trafficking is talked about in some of these goals. More particularly, she is encouraging people to help organizations that specialize in different aspects of human trafficking by increasing donations. Such organizations include Humanity United, NoVo, the Oak Foundation, Walk Free, and the Freedom Fund. When she has asked people to donate to some of these organizations, they didn’t. Their reasons were, “We are not interested in trafficking’ or ‘We do not work on trafficking ‘”. To me, it seems that these people are misinterpreting what these organizations are wanting to do. They may think that donating money will make the problem worse. Another reason I think they don’t donate is that they haven’t done enough research on an organization. Since they feel uneducated, they don’t donate in fear that their money will be wasted instead.
Other goals mentioned are to allow women to be equal to men and to end the exploitation of children. To help achieve these goals, people to have “legal identities”. These “identities” will help to alleviate the victimization of women and children, especially in terms of human trafficking. The industries of tourism and transportation have teamed up to help spread awareness and notice incidents of human trafficking.
Another problem of human trafficking is corruption. Government officials have been known to be bribed to not prosecute or lighten punishments for people that choose to get involved in human trafficking.
In all, there are 17 goals and 169 subgoals in the Sustainable Development Goals agreement. These goals and subgoals are different from most of these proposals. Not only are they detailed in what needs to be accomplished, but they also have target dates to help track their progress.
Sex trafficking is a really cruel thing that is happening in this world. The first time I encountered this issue was when I watched the movie, Taken. In it, the main character’s (Bryan Mills played by Liam Neeson) daughter and friend are taken by these traffickers in Europe and are drugged and sold in exchange for sex. On top of that, a friend of the Bryan’s friends, who is a top cop in France, ignored his obligation to prosecute human traffickers. Instead, he helped to keep it a silent operation. Some of these sex slaves can die by drug overdose or STD’s. Also, one of my high school coach’s wife worked with an organization that fights trafficking in other countries. This blog post allowed me to get to do my own research and become more educated about this issue.