Human trafficking is one of the most popular forms of organized crime. Underlying the category of human trafficking is the subcategory that many are so familiar with, sex trafficking. This type of trafficking consists of rape, abuse, kidnapping, and prostitution. While nearly every country in the globe counts it as an illegal activity, the corruption and greed behind it makes it an easy way to quickly proliferate. National and international organizations can try to standardize and implement anti-trafficking legislature, local governments and police services could, in fact, be contributing to sex trafficking rings.
Sex trafficking is very profitable, particularly in areas where occasions for schooling and real employment may be restricted. The highest numbers of traffickers are located in Asia, followed by Europe. Crime clusters that focus on trafficking women and girls are often involved in the transcontinental trafficking of drugs and firearms. They will often use violence to ensure their activities are carried out without issue.
One dominant factor in the spread of trafficking is the essential belief that the lives of women and girls are disposable. In civilizations where women and girls are devalued, women are at larger risk for being mistreated, trafficked, and forced into sex bondage. If women have better monetary and public statuses, trafficking would be eliminated. The ending for most of these women is a life of torture or death. There are few that get out and experience life as it is meant to be. When a woman does escape, it empowers them to share their story and to tell others about the horrors that lurk in the shadows and beyond anyone’s imagination.
One of the most fortunate young ladies is Yeonmi Park. At the age of 21, she escaped her prison and shares her story with the world about the North Korean sex rings and how the legislature must be changed. She shared that many officials look the other way when it comes to this crime, as it is so ramped in the area and a big source of financial gain. Park wasn’t the only one affected by the horrific events of human trafficking; her mother was right beside her. She tells stories of her mother being raped and having to watch the entire event. Her mother was just protecting her, which makes the situation even worse.
Park never knew a life of suffering and was actually one of the societies most affluent. However, her world came crashing down when her father went to prison and her mother couldn’t’ afford to take care of her and her daughter without his money. Park was brainwashed, saw executions, and was starved. She buried her father at just 14. Rather than being sent back to North Korea, Park wanted to take her own life. She currently lives in South Korea where she hosts a television show called, “Now On My Way To Meet You.” What’s sad is Park was once the Paris Hilton of North Korea, but then her life took a drastic turn for the worse.
Today she is stronger than ever. She educates the world about human trafficking and how these practises happen in ever city and in every country. By bringing it out into the open, she hopes to help women just like her.