Wednesday, February 01, 2006


An excellent post by Laurelin In The Rain on a Mary Dejevsky article about the 'fuss there has been this year about the trafficking of women'. The subtitle of the article in The Independent was "How gullible does a girl have to be to follow an old man who promises a free tourist trip?" I agree with Laurelin in her response to it. She writes Firstly, Ms Dejevsky, people who are poor and desperate, as well as unknowledgable about the West, may well believe these people when they offer them a chance. It is the promise of capitalism after all, that if one seizes 'opportunity' and works hard enough that one will 'make it'. Secondly, since when was naivete or innocence a crime, and since when was rape and imprisonment a punishment for crime? Nothing a rape survivor has done/ thought makes the crime against her any less of a crime, and indifference to her suffering because of her perceived naivete is unforgivable. Read the entire post here

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At 2/01/2006 09:07:00 PM, Blogger adfjkaj said...

Plus Ms Dejevsky forgets we are bombarded in our western media to be careful for every kind of scam in the world.

In most poor countries I doubt that folks have the time for relaxation let alone watching TV and listening to the radio to hear all the dangers of the world..

At 2/01/2006 10:22:00 PM, Blogger The SeaWitch said...

In my personal experience with women from poorer countries, they don't even know how credit cards work let alone the dangers of human trafficking.

Women who have succumbed to the ploys of the traffickers and managed to live to tell the tale usually don't due to the social stigma equated with it. Their silence coupled with limited access to media (most of these countries don't admit there's a problem much less report it) basically mean potential victims stay completely unaware of the dangers.

Even in richer societies where women are much more informed, they will still fall prey to the smooth talking, well-dressed recruiters. Everyone thinks criminals should look like "criminals"...but even the most naive women wouldn't go near someone who looked frightening. Ted Bundy got away with his crimes as long as he did just because he looked trustworthy. So, too do many of the recruiters.


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