Idea: Women’s Co-Op + Support Network = Way to combat human trafficking?

Sometimes in the early waking hours, my groggy brain fixates on a social issue and tries to come up with some half-cocked idea to tackle it. These ideas can range from pretty horrible to halfway decent. So early this morning this one came to mind:

Human Trafficking. I hatez it.

There’s a growing movement right now to bring communities – especially women in underdeveloped countries – together to build business(es) in order to help pull one another out of poverty.

Could we combine the concept of a business co-op with an educational and support network to decrease susceptibility to human trafficking?

The Problem: Women in poverty or their children are at the highest risk of falling victim to human trafficking. Many are deceived by promises of work or citizenship in a safer or more wealthy nation into being trafficked.

The idea would be to make communities of women stronger by uniting them to build a business / businesses together, while at the same time instituting educational initiatives to warn these women about the signs some one is targeting them to be trafficked. The combined strength of the group would also, hopefully, make it harder for traffickers to single women out – or perhaps even be a resource for women already being trafficked or escaping trafficking.

It is very possible that in communities where business co-ops are already happening that human trafficking is already on the decline. That would be awesome.

I’d love to hear from some people who know way more about human trafficking than I, though.

Would such an idea work as a preventative measure? What would prevent it from being successful? Perhaps it’s already happening somewhere – is it working?

 

  • Patrick

    I know of two organizations to learn more about this topic. This is a big issue in Southern California.

    Captive Daughters (http://www.abolishsexslavery.org/captive-daughters)
    Children of the Night (htp://www.childrenofthenight.org/)

  • Delores Day

    This does sound like a very Good Idea as a preventative measure & may help. We also have to put in perspective that many of these women never knew “Self Worth” & have been Abused, physically & sexually probably for YEARS. Many Pimps prime their Victims from the time they are Little girls. Take the case of Sara Kruzan is a survivor of child sex trafficking – and of child sex slavery who was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in 1994 after taking the life of the man who held her captive for 5 years. Sara was coerced at age 11 and was only 16 when arrested. She was sexually Abused by the time she was 6 or 7, I think, if I remember the whole story. The pimp was priming her from her first encounter with sex until she was 11 when he called himself, “turning her Out!!”

    What we need to do is to address the issue of Sexual Abuse & what causes that to happen! We need to teach our children that it is Wrong for any person to Touch them in anyway in places where they are NOT to be touched & give them the Empowerment to lift their Voice!! Too many times we are told to NOT tell from the abuser, either they won’t believe you or through threats to the family, etc. The Silent Victims!! Erin Merryn, author of “Stolen Innocence” and other titles, as a new law she is trying to get into every State in the Nation, Erin’s Law!! This is Erin’s Law:
    “Erin’s Law” requires that all public schools implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program which teaches:

    Students in grades preK – 5th grade, age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult

    School personnel all about child sexual abuse

    Parents & guardians the warning signs of child sexual abuse, plus needed assistance, referral or resource information to support sexually abused children and their families

    So part of the prevention will be learning to prevent the Sexual Abuse in the first place!! That’s why I’m pushing for this in ALL States & if possible in ALL Countries!!

    You can learn more about this at: http://erinslaw.org/about-us/