In June the New Yorker published a story about Fijian women who had been trafficked to U.S. military camps in Iraq. Those women, among thousands of others, were promised a very lucrative job in Dubai by a local recruitment firm.
Once on the plane, they learned that were being shipped to a war zone, where they would earn less than 25% of what they were promised and live in unbearable conditions.
These subcontractors, employed by the U.S. government, were mandated to supply local workers to gradually replace the U.S. military on the field as part of the long-term withdrawal strategy. Instead, they developed a sophisticated and complex network of trafficking of third world workers with the help of immigration officials, police forces, and many other accomplices.
In most of the cases of human trafficking, a very broad spectrum of private and public officials originating from various sectors are involved in the process of trafficking.
These links between the actors and the traffickers usually seek to secure a form of complicity, active or passive, which will ensure his or her impunity when arrested - that amongst other motives.
The Fijian women's stories clearly depict the urgency to look closer at the undeniable link that bonds corruption and human trafficking and to approach it as one joint issue rather than two single ones.
In fact, fighting human trafficking as part of fighting corruption would constitute one of the most effective and efficient strategies. Multiple approaches, policies, tools and campaigns can be employed to tackle human trafficking via the anti-corruption agenda.
These efforts should also aim to educate, raise awareness among and seek leadership and political support from the international community as well as the civil society.
HOST AN EVENT ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Helping victims of human trafficking is as simple as talking to a friend. Host an event and invite the community to discuss the exploitation of human beings. At this campaign, we are eager to spread the word and we'd like to talk at any community event about human trafficking and victim identification.
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-Trafficking in Persons Report 2016 -- Complete Report (PDF)
-Introductory Material (PDF)
-Country Narratives: A-C (PDF)
-Country Narratives: D-I (PDF)
-Country Narratives: J-M (PDF)
-Country Narratives: N-S (PDF)
-Country Narratives: T-Z and Special Case (PDF)
-Relevant International Conventions/Closing Material (PDF)
These are some of the things you can do to help fight human trafficking:
Be informed! Educate yourself about human trafficking by reading about it. Follow events in the news. Keep your eyes open - human trafficking is happening all around us.
Raise awareness! Talk to friends, family and colleagues. You could even start talking to your local politicians and authorities.
Get involved! Participate in an anti-trafficking movement in your area and get involved in its activities and campaigns (e.g. hold events, distribute posters, leaflets etc.) in your neighborhood and in schools.
Encourage businesses! Be a responsible consumer! Inform yourself on the labour policies of companies to ensure their products are free from slave labour and other forms of exploitation. If possible, buy fair trade products.
Seek support! If you suspect that someone has been trafficked report it to the institutions or assistance facilities dealing with human trafficking in your area.
"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery."
– President Barack OBAMA