I first heard the story of a human trafficked victim on a BBC radio program. She had been kidnapped, held captive for 18 months and sold as a sex slave to up to 40 different men each day. She was sexualy abused by her captors, regularly beaten and forced to take drugs. What especially impacted on me was that THIS HAPPENED IN THE UK, not in some third world country. Then I asked myself - 'what difference does THAT make?' Bottom line, people are being held against their will and forced to have sex for money with strangers. Some of them are as young as four years old.
I was so shocked by her story and as I did more research, appalled at the size of the problem, that I felt compelled to raise the awareness of it and the hundreds of thousands of victims like her. You can read more, see my views and leave your own on my blog
Svetna is a fictional book. It is a distressing book - or at least I hope you find it so. I want to raise the awareness of this problem with the average person, not the already converted.
I want to shock you............because the fact that Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world - is shocking!
The villains in the book are just like the ones out there in the real world. Twisted people, using violence and drugs to control other human beings for their own ends. Svetna is a fictional victim that represents the many real ones; her pain, shame, doubts and fears are the same as those described by real victims in this situation.
I don't know if there is a 'Chuck' out there somewhere, ready to fight for victims like Svetna....................
Read the book and let me know what you think. - you can e-mail me here firstname.lastname@example.org
or post your views on my blog
If you do read the book, then ask yourself the question - 'when is vigilantism acceptable?'
John Stack Sanders, Edinburgh 2009
What is Human Trafficking?
According to the Wikipedia - Human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, harbouring, or receipt of people for the purposes of slavery, forced labor (including bonded labor or debt bondage) and servitude. The total annual revenue for trafficking in persons is estimated to be between $5 billion and $9 billion.
 TheCouncil of Europe states that “[p]eople trafficking has reached epidemic proportions over the past decade, with a global annual market of about $42.5 billion.”
 Trafficking victims typically are recruited using coercion, deception, fraud, the abuse of power, or outright abduction. Threats, violence, and economic leverage such as debt bondage can often make a victim consent to exploitation.
Exploitation includes forcing people into prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs. For children, exploitation may also include forced prostitution, illicit international adoption, trafficking for early marriage, or recruitment as child soldiers, beggars, for sports (such as child camel jockeys or football players), or for religious cults
FACTS ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
1. The average cost of a slave around the world in $90.
2. Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including: Forcing victims into prostitution
Subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude
Compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography
Misleading victims into debt bondage
3. According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
4. It is estimated that there are approximately 27 million slaves around the world.
5. Between 2001 and 2005, 140 defendants have been convicted of human trafficking in the U.S. which is a 109% increase from 1996-2000. ONLY 140?
6. Around half of trafficking victims in the world are under the age of 18.
7. More than 65% of sex trafficked children suffer additional abuse at the hands of their traffickers.
8. Trafficked children are significantly more likely to develop mental health problems, abuse substances, engage in prostitution as adults, and either commit or be victimized by violent crimes later in life.
9. Women who have been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation experience a significantly higher rate of HIV and other STDs, tuberculosis, and permanent damage to their reproductive systems.