Greetings from The Slave Detective,
I recently did a Podcast where I stated that we need to be focused on giving all our support to Brazil as it hosts two major sporting events.
Today, in a two-part article written in ‘Global Voices’, there is a discussion on “should prostitution be abolished?”
It highlights that in France, 90% of prostitutes are foreigners. In the Netherlands, where prostitution is authorised and regulated, police estimates that 50% to 80% prostitutes are forced into the industry.
However all across Europe and the world, sex workers may they be French or foreigners, express their disagreement vis-a-vis the criminalisation of prostitution actors. With the support of feminist movements, they claim the right to self-determination and respect for human rights and call for the establishment of a proper status for their profession.
I agree that Every adult should be free to do what he wants or does not want to do with his own body. It is often that little bit of the equation that is overlooked in this debate.
The second part of the article goes on to “Brazil Debates Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation”
This article looks at the struggle Brazil has with this topic. At least 337 people, the majority of whom were women, were forced to leave Brazil and become prostitutes. The states of Pernambuco, Bahia and Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil registered the highest incidence of victims.
The main destinations in Europe were Switzerland (127 victims), Spain (104) and Holland (71). In these countries prostitution is regulated and allowed as any other profession.
The article recognises that there are two realities in the trafficking of women for purposes of sexual exploitation. Brazil is a Tier Two Country. (see the end of this article for what that means!)
The first is the reality of women tricked by an expert in the trafficking scheme who promises them jobs as waitresses, shop keepers or dancers abroad.
The other reality is that of women who travel abroad with the intent of prostituting themselves.
Brazilians want this silence to broken, exposing the Brazilian society to a crime that takes place under its own nose, but has been ignored due to the hypocritical manner in which society looks at prostitution and sexual exploitation, as if it did not exist or as if the women in question were blameworthy.
Brazilian legislation condemns the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation but it does not include men and children in its legal definition nor does it include exploitation in other types of activities.
NGOs allege that police often dismissed cases involving sex trafficking victims, and some victims reported prejudicial treatment due to the fact that they had engaged in prostitution prior to being subjected to coercive conditions.
A huge chunk of Brazil’s population are poor and just ripe for exploiting. They are about to be thrust onto the World stage for two major sporting events. The world will be watching and the fact that Brazil has a huge resource of people watching either take advantage of these events or be a window for all that is good in this huge Country.
As I said in the podcast. It is probably already a missed oppotunity to stop the foothold of trafficking. The events are being build now.
Are there already rich people exploiting poor as a work force or to supply the work force with goods or entertainment? Brazil are a Tier Two Country that will need everyones help and understanding.
Countries whose governments fully comply with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) minimum standards.
Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.
TIER 2 WATCH LIST
Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards AND:
a) The absolute number of victims of severe forms of trafficking is very significant or is significantly increasing;
b) There is a failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons from the previous year; or
c) The determination that a country is making significant efforts to bring itself into compliance with minimum standards was based on commitments by the country to take additional future steps over the next year.
Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so.