Child Sex Trafficking in Southeast Asia
The world today faces many problems that are being combated by many organizations, yet there are broad ranges of challenges that are waiting to be fixed up but the efforts are not producing great results. One such problem human trafficking has been affecting many lives through years but through recent decades human trafficking both sexually and labor exploitation have risen drastically. Especially, in Southeast Asia, where child sex trafficking is a constant trouble that needs help to be fix.
Human trafficking, the movement of people through force for exploiting them, originates to the start of human civilizations, though to a much lesser degree. For example, we see an early version of this in ancient Egypt with the workers forced to build the giant monuments of the pyramids. This act was normal to their culture due to the beliefs of their ancient ancestors. However, it was during the Age of Exploration when Columbus discovered America in the fifteenth century that we start to see human trafficking take its form. The discovery of the Americas launched the Columbian Exchange. Its effect indeed attributed the emergence of the African slave system. Again, during that time people did not saw such acts as inhumane because they experience such traditions for many years, where people were superior amongst others. However, human trafficking still persists in the twenty first century. Even though many countries prohibit human trafficking, this issue continues strongly throughout the world, specifically in Southeast Asia, where most of the trafficking occurs. In third world countries like Thailand and Cambodia, child sex trafficking rose dramatically during the last century. This unexpected boom in the demand of child prostitution resulted from the Vietnam War during the 1940s. Since the war send many American troops stationed in Vietnam and nearby countries, many soldiers became homesick and lonely urging them into the need of a companion. Eventually, it resulted in an increase in the demand of women and girls for prostitution (Marczak). Since then the demand for young girls has rocket through the skies. Many believe that the problem persists because Westerners go to third world countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam where sex tourism is highly known. Recently, a search discovered that local men also have a high demand for young girls. Inclusive, many villages in Southeast Asia have several brothels. Astonishing to many, the members of those communities in fact accept such places where prostitution occurs because in those cultures women are subject as inferiors (Meade). “Modern Slavery” as many call it has carried on in our world for many years and we still need to overcome it.
Today, sadly, child sex trafficking in Southeast Asia is alarming. According to the Borjen Project, the World Health Organization estimates that in Thailand there are currently two million sex workers, eighty percent of...