Germany’s Problem Could be Our Problem

Greetings from The Slave Detective.,

My last blog ‘Open For Christmas’ had a link attached to it that I feel needs expanding and has been covered by my good friends at the International Human Rights Group (IHRG).

Lets have another look at “Legalized prostitution significantly increases human sex trafficking: study” because there is another bit in this report that needs comment!

This report mentions Germany. I wrote a little blog about there recently.

Ignoring everything else in this report, if you wish,  how can anyone ignore what is reported about German Employment law?

In 2005, news agencies around the world carried the story of a young German woman who had been told that she faced suspension of her government relief benefits if she refused to take a ‘job’ as a prostitute in a Berlin brothel.

The unemployed woman, a qualified information technologist, had indicated her willingness to take jobs outside her field and had worked in a café. After refusing an offer to work as a prostitute in the brothel, she was told by the job centre that her benefits would be cut off if she did not go into prostitution.

Under German law, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take any available job or lose her unemployment benefit, creating a situation where women can be ‘sold’ by the state into sexual slavery.


Not for Sale jumper

So my good friends at The IHRG have discussed the calls to legalise prostitution in Europe or banish it like the Swedes. It is an interesting listen and raises points I have often raised.

I think you can guess their stance but they raise valid questions. Listen to their podcast here.

In real terms though the German press report was 2005. This can not be happening now in 2012 can it?

A recent article by the London School of Ecconomics (LSC) seems to support the report!

The TIP report, (Trafficking in Persons Report) reports slightly differently.

“Germany (Tier 1) is a source, transit, and destination country for women, children, and men subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Approximately 85 percent of identified victims of sex trafficking originated in Europe, including 20 percent from within Germany, 20 percent from Romania, and 19 percent from Bulgaria. Non-European victims originated in Nigeria, other parts of Africa, Asia, and the Western Hemisphere.

The majority of sex trafficking victims have been exploited in bars, brothels, and apartments – approximately 36 percent of identified sex trafficking victims reported that they had agreed initially to engage in prostitution.

Young German women were sometimes coerced into sex trafficking by purported boyfriends in “loverboy” schemes. Nigerian victims of trafficking are often coerced into prostitution through voodoo rituals. Victims of forced labor have been identified in hotels, domestic service, construction sites, meat processing plants, and restaurants.

Members of ethnic minorities, such as Roma, as well as foreign unaccompanied minors who arrived in Germany, were particularly vulnerable to human trafficking. Individuals with disabilities, including those hard of hearing, were vulnerable to forced labor. NGOs reported an increase of domestic workers complaining of abuse in diplomatic households. Various governments reported German citizen participation in sex tourism.

The Government of Germany fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The German government increased its identification of labor trafficking victims by approximately 75 percent, though the number of sex trafficking victims it identified decreased.”

So with 300,000 more persons reportedly heading into the poverty line in The UK due to the huge fuel increase, are we creating a vulnerable society?

Of course we are.

Poverty is one of the control strategies for the traffickers, be it any form of trafficking.

Every corner I turn, at the moment, makes me worry about vulnerable persons. With the huge cuts in Policing, the population increasing, jobs becoming harder to secure and wages not keeping pace with price increases we are heading  in the wrong direction.

There has never been a better time to get into Organised Crime and with the wealth of persons looking to make ends meet both ‘wealthy countries’ and countries that rely on them to survive, things will surely only get worse?

Let us not put anyone in a position where persons are forced into trafficking either by the State or by any other person.


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