As Part 2 in a series on the Sex Slave Trade, we will be covering some brief highlights on the trade itself, Ryan’s remarkable endeavors and missions to combat it, and some of his views and perspectives. For more in-depth information on the trade, read our first post in this series.
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Some Brief Details
• The United Nations claims that more than 4 million women and young girls have been subject to human trafficking annually
• The US Department of State claims their annual figures to be 600,000 to 800,000
• Hosts of other organizations cite various figures, all with similar results
These are all estimated figures. No one really knows just how far the reach is, but the magnitude is horrendous. What we do know, is that even one is too many.
A report by Deborah Gyapong in Ottawa, Canada cites the following:
Human trafficking is “the new slavery of the 21st century,” said Sister Eugenia Bonetti, who has coordinated anti-trafficking strategies in Rome and Turin.
Sense of guilt
Modern slavery is far worse because it involves the ‘emptying of the dignity of the person,’ leaving the women with no hope, no life and a deep sense of guilt, even though they have been forced into prostitution, said Bonetti.
The globalized market for sexual exploitation has made all countries complicit in the trade as either countries of origin, transit or destination. “No country is safe. We are all included.” she said.
The root cause in countries of origin is ‘utter poverty,’ lack of jobs and gender inequality, she said. Traffickers lure women through promises of jobs because they have no means for survival.
Women and children often cross several countries before they reach their country of destination. The huge profits and low risk make everyone from taxi cab drivers, immigration officials, hotel workers, airport security personnel, landlords and corrupt government officials complicit through cash incentives to turn a blind eye to the problem, she said. The Mafia and other forms of organized crime control the industry.
The root cause in destination countries is the consumer who exploits these women and children for their sexual gratification and sense of power.
“People think that because they can pay, they can buy the body of a minor human being.” Bonetti said, criticizing the empty values and permissiveness of wealthy countries.
She also described trafficking as a “man problem” because as women in western countries have become more emancipated, men have resorted to sexual exploitation as a way of maintaining their sense of control. Many of the exploiters of minors are married men.
Bonetti estimated some 500,000 women and children are trafficked yearly through European countries, with 50,000 to 70,000 ending up in Italy. “The streets in Italy are flooded with minors, very young girls.” she said.
Just last Friday, a woman was found dead in the trunk of her car in Savage, Minnesota after responding to Craigslist post online for a nanny job, reported by MSNBC yesterday. No details for motive have been disclosed as yet, but it could be suggestive of an attempt for sex slavery gone awry, as this is the typical manner in which young women and girls are abducted.
White Orchid — Ryan’s Mission to Combat Sex Slavery
Through his efforts for White Orchid, Ryan’s project which is currently underway will provide rehabilitation and schooling on private, self-sustaining eco-friendly islands.
Ryan has been successfully rescuing children for many years and is no longer alone in his endeavors. White Orchid will act as a sanctuary where these girls will receive the special care they need to go forth into society, leading healthy and happy lives.
If these girls return to their homes, they are often shunned by society, and are frequently kidnapped once more or returned back to the sex slave trade from where they came. Parents have frequently sold these young girls in effort to feed the mouths of the rest of the family.
The White Orchid organization was founded to rehabilitate and educate these young girls, removed from their former environment where they can live and heal in peace. The best place to do this is on an island where they are safe at White Orchid Sanctuaries.
White Orchid Sanctuaries will be located on Islands globally with the first opening in Asia. Highly qualified female doctors, therapists and teachers are already on board to provide the girls with treatment, but more professionals are always wanted. The girls will receive more than basic skills to prevent them from being vulnerable in the future, and given private school standard education.
These professionals will live on site on a rotational basis. Some have children of their own that will remain on the island during their stays. White Orchid will sponsor the girls to attend University once their education has been completed.
Male teaching or ancillary staff will be permitted on the Island after one year.
You might ask why the sanctuaries and schools are located on islands. The answer is very simple — safety. Safety is the 4th most important factor in education for children from a normal background. Imagine how important it is for a child who has been raped 20 or 30 times a day for 1 week, a month, and even 5 years.
These young girls do not presently have any alternatives for rehabilitation, let alone education. Orphanages exist and always have, but none want to accept child abuse victims due to the significant effort involved. Some centers exist to provide a haven away from the sex slave trade, but there is nothing for rehabilitation or anything remotely similar. Then there are some organizations that claim to provide counselling, but the standard of such councillors are generally not great and the education they provide if any, is mediocre.
White Orchid Sanctuaries also functions as a center with breeding programs for abused and endangered animals on the islands. Reefs will be cultivated to create more breeding environments for marine life.
Below is an example of one of the proposals for the school facilities.
How Young Girls Become Subject to Sex Slavery
• No nationality — populations of hundreds of thousands in some countries have no law enforcement, no rights, no way to protect themselves.
• High demand for young girls in the sex industry with a desire for youth.
• Virginity is a sought after commodity in the sex trade.
• Poor education for girls creates high vulnerability.
• Cultural belief a woman must be pure before marriage. If raped they are shamed and not desired by family or future men. Raped, they have nowhere else to turn.
• One child is given away for free — the food they have is only enough for 3 children, leaving the 4th to starve.
• Pride — some children are sold because a family in their village has a DVD player, fridge or something else which creates an air of superiority over another.
• Pale skin — deemed as a desirable look places south Chinese and Vietnamese girls at risk. If you have pale skin, you are viewed as someone who did not work in the fields, but from a good family.
• Gang Rape — same result as rape, but more severe.
• Illegal military, permitted to rape the populace at will.
• Any country that does not make education mandatory up to at least 16. Children under 18 are very new to the world and relatively naive.
• War — creates a high level of risk in regions –- in Africa, to breed out the populace; they capture enemy tribe women to use as sex slaves and are gang raped.
• Natural disasters — ‘golden harvests’ — create great opportunity for gangs to take orphans. Being smaller and more mobile than government, this can happen merely hours after natural disasters, such as the Tsunami in Asia 2005, and the Earth Quake India 2006.
• Poor education generally means a poor economy. People need to make money, so taking young girls and selling them is a commodity in hard times.
• The promise of work in cities — hard times create an opportunity for mafia to offer false jobs of cleaning in the city for young girls. Parents hope for the best, fully aware of what could happen, with promises of money sent back to the family. Sometimes parents sell children into cleaning work just to survive, never knowing what happens to the children.
• Street jobs in cities offer an opportunity for young girls to be captured and sold.
• Rich economies and populations looking for cheap holidays and fun go to poor countries where their money is worth so much more than the currency in the countries they go to. Poorer people desire this money and create businesses tailored to their demands. Sex tourism is only 5% of the clientele, whereas they can receive up to 10 times the amount for the cost of a girl in the sex trade, based on their nationality.
• Age — older men desire young women and go where they can purchase what they want, creating the demand.
• Religion — some religions allow for many wives, some for varying ages legally allowed to have sex below 16 years of age.
• Law — some countries’ laws permit sex under 16 years of age.
• Karma — some believe what happens, happens for a reason. The girls trapped in these brothels belong there, as they did something in a previous life.
• Culture — the worth of a boy is much higher than that of a girl. In one country there is a law which has created a surge in male births and an unsustainable level of female births, creating a demand in future years for prostitutes.
• Runaways — children running away run great risk to be taken advantage of, raped, and sold.
• In some cultures, what a man says or does is right and the girls’ desires are not important. Many girls have sex with boys when they do not want to but cannot say anything through shame, blaming themselves.
• Police corruption — police and government officials in some countries own or frequent brothels, creating a lack of trust in government institutions.
• Face — because it is regarded as a shameful thing, prostitution and child molestation or abuse is not recognized by the country, with official country quotes citing that “it does not exist in our country.” Admission of this creates embarrassment and allows country policy to ignore this issue, which perpetuates it.
• Government corruption allows prostitution and child sex trafficking to continue with bribes.
For these reasons and many more, child prostitution and the sex slave trade exist.
The Sex Trade in Brief
It’s easy to assume the sex slave trade is an appalling aspect of humanity that only plays a part to recent history, but it is also important to acknowledge that prostitution and the carnal desire for sex has played a part in humanity since mankind began. We can reflect on history and underscore the constructive aspects of our combined histories, eliminating the elements we don’t want to remember, but we cannot escape what we have done.
Prostitution is the oldest profession in the world, but it does not in any way legitimize forced child prostitution. We should instead look at the root causes, and rather than citing the same old rhetoric, look at and implement real change, as all of humanity’s efforts up to now have resulted in failure.
Over the years, society has legalized more and more degrees of pornography. Although we can say that laws change in line with what the majority of the populous believe is right and wrong, it is also the responsibility of government we elect to make the right decisions for the people.
Ryan discloses his perspective:
“I do not believe we need pornography, as I believe a man and a woman should not need anything more from one another than each other. Many people will call this old fashioned and that is fine, but this is my personal viewpoint. There is an enormous difference between sex and making love. When men begin to slightly age around their late 20’s to early 30’s and have been sleeping around, they generally start to feel they are missing and needing something.”
“Carnal desire is apparent in all people, especially men. They posses two chief physical desires — one to spread their seed and another to be protected and taken care of for their own safety and that of a new born. Yes, we are in the 21st century and yes there are those who want to be independent, but this is about genetics.”
“At a young age, men begin to fire up with sexual urges which make them more and more interested in the opposite sex. They seek out sexual material without the guidance of a parent or education of sex, sexuality and behavior. They seek to become validated in their sexuality amongst their peers.”
“Parents are frequently unwilling to discuss sex, sexuality, love, making love and everything in between with their children, which imparts the perception of shame. This drives the young boys to seek it out themselves.”
“Pornography is widely available, even when it was illegal. Pornography typically depicts women as objects or possessions — car magazines on one shelf, pornography on the next, with the ever so poignant questions to women … ‘what is your favourite sexual position’.”
“Media is flooded with what is now coined as sexual / provocative advertising. One person’s art / advertising campaign is another’s pornography. It may be done in a tasteful way, but this is beside the point. It still depicts women as objects, but for them this ok, as it is for a reputable fashion brand.”
“In the end, the more educated you are, the less pornography is desired. In many cases, it is youth — the older you become, the happier and more secure you are in your life, with less desire for pornography.”
“Some will argue it is a woman’s choice, and so it is. Now take the same woman and offer her a job for equal money, and see what she will choose.”
Ryan and War
Someone once said, “The first victim in war is truth.” Another said “Victory is written by the victor,” and yet another said “He who controls information, controls the world.”
Over hundreds of years, truth has been altered and after time, it is difficult to tell fact from fiction. When we hear of the ‘British Empire’ claimed as the largest empire ever created, we are told in our history books of the educated, noble British bringing civilization to the uncivilized world — not about the hundreds of thousands of dead Aborigines, growing opium to drug Chinese citizens on boarders, the effect of Europeans and small pox on native peoples in the America’s, the Slave trade and so much more.
In Spain children are educated about Christopher Columbus and the Spanish Empire. They are not told of the millions of Central and South Americans who were massacred. Perhaps you were raised in France and you hated the French occupation, asking for world help against the Nazi Invasion. Yet during this who time there was Army occupation in Vietnam, Libya, Haiti and more. Even after the Nazi’s were pushed back, the French territories were retained. My point is this, history is filled with hypocrisy and your government decides what is best for you to know.
In current times, we are told of the United States invading Iraq to liberate the people and depose a dictator. When the reasons of war are the threat of weapons of mass destruction and no weapons being found, I would say this is an illegal war — but then again, what constitutes a legal one?
Throughout history, women have been humiliated, looked down upon, raped, abused and much more. In the 1800’s, women reaching organism were seen as possessed by evil spirits and if found guilty, burned at the stake. In the mid-1900’s, they were given electric shock therapy. It was seen as a disease.
Throughout our time, women have simply been beneath men.
It is not surprising, especially in some countries who still do not recognize the equal value of women to men, that women are still treated in the same way.
Ryan and Culture
In some cultures it is simply better to be a boy — you are regarded so much more than being a girl. Girls are told from a young age, through worlds and actions of their lesser worth to the males.
We have a pre-disposition to cultures where older men are involved with younger women, yet in all western cultures this was the norm of the rich. Men are placed in a position required to provide for their partner, and the woman to take care of the man who is the world to her.
In today’s western society, this concept is highly frowned upon. We look at age as an issue, some disgusted at the notion, yet this is what our cultures used to be and to some extent still are.
In the west we consider older men with younger women to be immoral if the man is western and the woman Asian. People believe the women only want to be taken care of and in some Asian cultures it is the place of the man to provide, love being something that comes in time. Having financial security is an important element of any relationship.
We talk about embracing cultures, yet only seem to do this when we agree with it.
I am not saying this is right or wrong, I am simply pointing out existing matters.
One culture has a history of killing baby girls as sons are the most desirable to carry on the family name.
Another has the right to marry more than one woman, while in another if a woman cheats on her husband, he can kill her, but there is not punishment for the man.
Throughout the cultures of the world, women have been subjugated to inequality in the entirety of human history. I am sure in some places women have been revered, but by the whole, women have simply been abused.
Ryan’s Views on Poverty
It does not matter how rich or poor a country is, there has always been prostitution, rape and child molestation. The economy of a country does play a major role in the sex slave trade. But the scope of this trade reaches world-wide, so ending poverty would not end the trade in human life.
As a general rule, we can say poor countries have an abundance of man power, populations with no work and boredom, low education and the value of life is low.
In many Asian countries the value of a child’s life can be deemed completely worthless. Some may give the child away to simply have enough to feed themselves and not their children, girls being the least valued as a whole.
Rich or poor, governments only have so many resources. As harsh as this sounds, they simply do not have the funds needed to end child sex trade with their current strategies.
In poor families and villages, people are vulnerable to sexual predators and kidnappers. They have no one to help them, no money, and in some cases, no country that recognizes them as their own people, all of which makes them vulnerable.
In poor countries such as Asia, South America and Africa, it is relatively easy to purchase a child. Although this also occurs in other countries, the risks are higher and law enforcement has more resources to protect.
We will be expanding more upon the White Orchid Sanctuaries and Ryan’s project for Global Energy Bank (GEB) for the self-sustaining islands in upcoming posts in this series, so stay tuned!
Visit White Orchid to find out more about the islands, schools and other projects underway.
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