Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery
Deception of Parents
Inside the slave trade
Johann Hari, The Independent, 15 March 2008
[accessed 21 January 2011]
They are promised a better life. But every year, countless boys and girls in Bangladesh are spirited away to brothels where they have to prostitute themselves with no hope of freedom. This is the story of the 21st century’s trade in slave-children. My journey into their underworld took place where its alleys and brothels are most dense - Asia, where the United Nations calculates 1 million children are being traded every day. It took me to places I did not think existed, today, now. To a dungeon in the lawless Bangladeshi borderlands where children are padlocked and prison-barred in transit to Indian brothels; to an iron whore-house where grown women have spent their entire lives being raped; to a clinic that treat syphilitic 11-year-olds.
She comes into the room swaddled in a red sari, carrying big premature black bags under her eyes. She tells her story in a slow, halting mumble. Sufia grew up in a village near Khulna in the south-west of Bangladesh. Her parents were farmers; she was one of eight children. “My parents couldn’t afford to look after me,” she says. “We didn’t have enough money for food.” And so came the lie. When Sufia was 14, a female neighbour came to her parents and said she could find her a good job in Calcutta as a housemaid. She would live well; she would learn English; she would have a well-fed future. “I was so excited,” Sufia says. “But as soon as we arrived in Calcutta I knew something was wrong,” she says. “I didn’t know what a brothel was, but I could see the house she took me to was a bad house, where the women wore small clothes and lots of bad men were coming in and out.” The neighbour was handed 50,000 takka – around £500 – for Sufia, and then she told her to do what she was told and disappeared. – htcp
Children saved from 'slavery'
Agence France-Presse AFP,
[accessed 24 January 2011]
The traffickers had managed to win
the confidence of the children's parents by convincing them that the
youngsters were to be taken to
Many Muslim children from
The official daily Sidwaya reported that the real fate of such victims,
snatched in several provinces in
Trafficking in children in Denmark
Red Barnet, Save the Children
[Last accessed 1 February 2011]
Children are sold
They come to
Written statement from Anti-Slavery International for agenda item 13 of the provisional agenda
UN Economic and Social Council, Commission
on Human Rights, 56th Session,
At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]
[accessed 5 September 2011]
good money and training in order to persuade the parents to send their
children abroad. However, after the children arrive in
Even where children
are rescued from these conditions, they are likely to encounter feelings of
alienation from their own family and culture and must undergo a long and
difficult task of reintegration.
GHANA-GAMBIA: Sex slave children trafficked by Ghanaian fishermen
Integrated Regional Information Networks
[accessed 24 February 2015]
According to the Gambian National Intelligence Agency, the girls were smuggled into the country without official papers to work as sex slaves for their Ghanaian masters.
Ceesay confirmed this.
She said the girls were forced to “satisfy the sexual desires of older men”
and some were working full-time as prostitutes within the 5,000-strong
Meanwhile, their masters’ own children went to school and had all their usual domestic chores, like washing their school uniforms and even cleaning their shoes, done for them by the trafficked children.
The trafficked children told Gambian officials they had been forbidden to contact their parents at home.
Reports of child slavery
are common across
Sometimes parents are told that the child will work as a domestic for rich folk and will be able to send back remittances to ease the family’s grinding poverty.
The promises soon vanish into thin air. Many parents never see or hear from their children again.
A barbaric trade in human misery right on our doorsteps
[accessed 18 February 2011]
"One of the
first victims we helped in the
"She was phoned up by someone and asked if she would like to sell ice cream for the summer in London and was told she would earn about £300." The traffickers signed a consent form and her parents, believing it was a good opportunity, approved the trip. "She was flown to Gatwick and sold in a coffee shop from one trafficker to another for £3,000, her passport was taken off her and sold for £4,000. "Later the same night, she was taken to a flat and brutalised and raped, and from that moment on she was forced to act as a prostitute."
Child Prostitution worsens in Cities
Pilirani Semu-Banda, Nation Online, Jun 04, 05
[accessed 17 April 2012]
She said for
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