Knowledge can break the silence

by Noon on April 10, 2016 - 2:36pm

I believe that the human trafficking problem is a major issue. Although I already posted multiple articles summaries and I provided some detailed information, I believe that information can only be reliable when it comes from a good source. I decided to look deeper into this problem and I found an academic article, written by 3 experts in this field:  Julie Kaye, a PHD from the Ambrose University College in Calgary, John Winterdyk, a PHD from the Department of Justice Studies of Mount Royal University in Calgary and Lara Quarterman, the Coordinator of Action Coalition on Human Trafficking in Alberta. The title of their paper was:  Beyond Criminal Justice: A Case Study of Responding to Human Trafficking in Canada. Published by: the Canadian journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2012. According to these experts Canada has become an entry for Human Trafficking. People are easily smuggled in the country through both legal and illegal ways. Moreover, they argue that people are afraid to cooperate with the forces of justice because they are afraid of deportation. Even though these people live in miserable conditions they are more afraid of being deported than being protected from their aggressors. Most of these victims do not even consider themselves as such. This is what links this study to my previous summary about the Polish woman name Timea, who was forced into sex slavery and did not consider herself as the victim for over 12 years.  What the victims of these crimes don`t know is that according to the department of justice “victims of trafficking are not required to assist in any criminal investigation or testify against their trafficker to gain temporary or permanent resident status” (2012 edition, p.27) Moreover, the studies have shown that: 44.4% of respondents indicated that they came into contact with one or more cases of human trafficking, this being only in Alberta. If the percentage of people that know victims of human trafficking is so big in Alberta, what about the rest of Canada? A more troubling fact is that, if a lot of people know victims of human trafficking, why didn`t they talk or inform them that they are victims? I believe that this is because people are not well informed. The problem of human trafficking concerns all of us. It is the second most lucrative illegal business in the world. It is not only about women, who are more at risk of being kidnapped for sexual abuses, or children, because they are weak. It is about all those that where the victims that still believe that what happened to them is not unnatural. They believe that it was their fault, that they brought it upon themselves when in the reality their lives got destroyed by people who lust for money. I believe that a lot of problems surrounding human trafficking can be avoided if not solved, because all the people are missing is knowledge. If more people understood what was happening and knew their rights, a lot of disasters could`ve been avoided. I believe that it is possible to raise awareness and I encourage anyone who can spread this information, to do so.

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I am 19 years old
I am a student of Champlain College St-Lambert and I am in the Social Science World Studies Program.