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Marriage In Cambodia Or Human Trafficking?

Several days ago we reported on the dramatic rise in marriage between poor women in Cambodia and South Korean males. Most of the South Koreans tend to come from working class backgrounds and they were seeking women who were both attractive and subservient. The government of Cambodia has decided to suspend all such marriages for the time being while it conducts an investigation. IN 2004, just 72 South Korean males married a woman from Cambodia, last year the figure rose to 1,759. A spokesperson for the Women’s Affairs Ministry, You Ay, said: “The government has temporarily suspended all (paperwork) for Cambodia women to marry foreigners.” She stated quite bluntly, “this suspension is to prevent human trafficking through marriage.”

This is one of those sensitive issues since for many of the women marrying a man from South Korea offers an opportunity to rise econonmically in the world. A key issue is whether they are entering a marriage or are they entering a form of work.

Ukraine A Major Source Of Human Trafficking!

During the Ukraine’s initial fifteen years as an independent nation, it is estimated nearly 110,000 people were victims of human trafficking according to figures released by the International Organization for Migration. About 5 percent were teenagers and nearly 18% were men targeted for forced labor. Ukrainians have been sent to virtually every part of the globe by these traffickers in human misery. Ukrainians are mainly sought for construction, agricultural tasks, fishing industries, domestic work and prostitution. Last month the UN Forum to Fight Human Trafficking was held in Vienna in an attempt to create international processes to protect people who are trapped in such forms of modern slavery.

The end of communism in eastern Europe was all too often accompanied by women being trapped in poverty which opened the door for human traffickers to get them headed to many parts of the world where they wound up in prostitution.

Does the UN have a role to play in dealng with sex tourism? Can the UN develop methods both to identify and assist victims? How can UN efforts deal with the plight of street children? These are among the host of questions which must be addressed in the coming years in order to halt this vicious traffic in human flesh.

China Action Plan To Halt Human Trafficking

Last summer China was rocked by exposure of a massive human trafficking scandal in Shanxi Province where it was discovered that thousands of men, women, children and mentally handicapped people were being forced to work making bricks. Over 1,300 were finally rescued from the brutal conditions under which they worked. The Chinese government announced yesterday a new coordinated effort to halt such conditions from ever occurring again. Over twenty ministries will coordinate their efforts to halt any human trafficking in China. The Chinese government estimates about 2,000-3,000 people are caught up on human trafficking, but the International Labor Organization places the figures as closer to 20,000-30,000 each year. Several hundred women have been found to be sold to brothels in Thailand which is a major center of sexual exploitation.

China has a migrant population of over 140,000,000 people which certainly opens the door to human trafficking since many confront extreme conditions of poverty and discrimination.

Nightmare Of Human Trafficking-Modern Slavery?

Chief Justice Pius Langa of South Africa attacked the growing presence of human trafficking in his nation. He described human trafficking as “an evil as terrible as the slave trade of the past and it requires a concerted response from civil society and the government.” He estimated world wide human trafficking as involving between 800,000-900,000 people each year and believed there are at least 28,000 children in South africa who are caught up in the process. Most experts believe the majority of people involved in the human trafficking trade come from southern regions of Africa, eastern Europe or Thailand and China. Langa says a common approach to human trafficking in his nation is for those accorded refugee status to send home for women who are then confronted with either enter prostitution or return to poverty. He also believes many women who cross the border of their nation find refuge in “safe houses” where they again are confronted with a dilemma of cooperating in being sold to miners and other men in South Africa or going back home to violence, rape and death.

The entire human trafficking issue can not be handled country by country. It requires the UN to assume responsibility for developing comprehensive programs for dealing with the issues. Most human trafficking involves women, but a significant number also includes young boys. Obviously, ending war or conditions in countries like Zimbabwe where Robert Mugabe, an egomaniac, has destroyed the economy from taking place.