Nida, from northern Thailand, had been trafficked to Japan where she fell out of a window escaping a “client”: “I felt a sharp pain in my back, and I could not move my legs. I was still conscious when my friend took me to the hospital. The first hospital would not admit me because I was a foreigner. And others did not want to give me any treatment because I tested HIV-positive.” As illegal immigrants, women who are trafficked are left to fend for themselves.
Copyright © 2007 The Ontario Educational Communications Authority. All rights reserved. Canadian and World Issues CGW4U-A Lesson 5, page 19 Escape is not easy, though many try. Nor is earning a living afterwards. Nuj, from the Thai side of the Thai- Burmese border, escaped from her agent with a little money. She plans to do a hairdressing course. “Then I’ll go home and open my own shop. When that day comes, perhaps all the depressing experiences will fade away from memory.” The answer is not to fight against migration or prostitution per se but to stop the abusive practices against women who are trafficked. And to recognize that these women are simply trying to make a living. We should focus on how to promote women’s rights to freedom of movement, ensure that they are able to make well-informed decisions—and stop their exploitation. Source : “Set Me Free ...,” Siriporn Skrobanek, New Internationalist, , Retrieved June 5, 2006. Support Questions (do not send in for evaluation) 50. Define the term “human trafficking.” 51. What evidence is there that human trafficking has become a global problem? 52. The article “Set Me Free …” suggests that women who are caught in the trafficking process are treated as criminals and revictimized. What does this mean? 53. What has the United Nations done to help victims of human trafficking?
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