May 10, 2013

Awareness, learning and action. Trafficking classes for men who pay for sexual services

The CNN Freedom Project

Data correlated between organisational and research sources estimates the number of people living in a form of modern enslavement up between 20 and 30 million. It is often that this inhuman treatment takes the ’’historic’’ shape of slavery. The dynamic of the phenomenon sees a cross border traffic of, overwhelmingly women and children, somewhere between 600 and 800 000 people each year.

The CNN Freedom Project

One among the voices speaking up about this global tragedy is The CNN Freedom Project. They research data bases and carry out investigations to show the world the monstrous proportions of the otherwise hard to imagine modern day slavery and to tell the chilling stories of children, women and men. It is about awareness, learning and action.

The same steps are also being walked through by the Brooklyn district attorney’s office with men held for soliciting sexual services. They are being offered a deal to avoid going to prison. Being given a trafficking class and then, if they don’t commit the offence again within 6 months, their record is cleaned.

Project Respect has them faced with the realities of the criminal chain that fuels and spreads like a web behind prostitution, gets them educated concerning the health and violence implications of their practice and speaks to them, through the voice of a woman they otherwise would have never heard, about her life and about the human trafficking having brought her in front of each of them.

The class teaches and sensitize, and the Brooklyn police says that over the 10 years, from the over 3 000 men included in the project, only 26 were arrested again.

The CNN Freedom Project

The CNN Freedom Project

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