“The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.” -The Palermo Protocols
Human trafficking is a modern-day scourge that shames us all.It is incredulous that after 150 years since the abolition of slavery,millions of people worldwide are still held in one form of slavery or the other.There is estimated to be about 20-30 million slaves in our world today.Men,women and children are trapped in exploitative situations of forced labour and sexual exploitation.
The situation in Africa is compounded by the reality and effects of poverty,making it easy for traffickers to lure victims into a life of slavery by false promises of non-existent jobs and untold riches in foreign lands.
Four countries in Sub Saharan Africa rank within the top 10 countries globally for slaves.A significant percentage of victims are within the West African sub-region with Mauritania alone accounting for the highest proportion of people in modern slavery,a whopping 4% of its population are slaves.
Shockingly, a good number of victims are children who are being used for child labour and for prostitution to service men in squalid conditions.Our fieldwork in Africa has brought us into direct contact with some of these unfortunate victims.We have heard tales of woes from girls whose movement were restricted to simply going out to earn money for their pimps and getting brutalised when they fall short of expectations.Two victims told us of how their hands were tied to their backs and French baguette stuffed to their mouths to restrict them and prevent them from crying out.We have seen nasty physical scars that were left on the bodies of these girls by their slave masters.A girl showed us pictures of bodily harm that was done to her back from one such flogging.
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