Human trafficking hiding in plain sight: Catching Fire learning how to slowly cook a frog

Maria Alvarado By Maria Alvarado, 23rd Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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How human trafficking hides in plain sight, and how we learn to look the other way.

Human trafficking hiding in plain sight: Catching Fire learning how to slowly cook a frog

For the normal person living in the “free world” is unimaginable to face the fact that there are 27 million people around the globe living in slavery or to use a more modern terminology: victims of human trafficking. Most people go through large urban areas, and see homeless people roaming around, and some feel repulsed by them while other’s hearts are filled with compassion, but at least is a visible side of poverty, and human misery. Human trafficking is a hidden, albeit known condition of our sicken society,
This week in London the issue of forced labor was brought on to the light but there are many movies that have depicted this ugly side of human trafficking for not all are related to the sex slavery. For example it is said that many Pakistani boys are sold into slavery at age 13 until age 30 as part of a contract. Once they are sold, mostly by their own parents, how they are used depends on the buyer; force prostitution and child pornography, is by far the main objective of human trafficking.
People are sold into slavery, they are stolen like the movie “Taken” regardless of their social status, and they are also lured into it by false promises of stardom as in the case of beautiful women from the Eastern Europe who end up as prostitutes. Whatever the method or their destination human trafficking is on the rise, and poverty and greed makes for a dangerous combination for those at risk. Sadly children are the most vulnerable, and the most desired by the monsters that trade in human misery.

The recent Ohio case of three girls kept as sex slaves for years, without any other purpose than a deranged lunatic’s ideas, shed light on the fact that 80% of victims in the United States are American citizens.

Miami, where I have lived all my life, is not immune to this malaise, and I would venture to say it is a mecca of debauchery and therefore human trafficking in all its evils. Miami has The Heat, The Marlins, The Dolphins, and the Miami Hurricanes, and all the parties where beautiful women, loads of alcohol, and most importantly reckless abandonment. Then there is the Memorial Day weekend Hip Hop event called locally Urban Beach Weekend, when all the artist of that genre of music descends on Miami Beach looking for the most extreme of hedonistic pleasures; epic parties, strip clubs extravaganza and crossing lines by loads of tourists looking for tender age ones. This is probably the most trafficking, mostly with underage humans to plague our city, and only equal if any of our sports teams win a championship.

But what can be expected if one of the most read books and watched movies by teenagers is “The Hunger Games”, and the upcoming movie “Catching Fire”. Slowly we become impervious by what pain is hiding in plain sight.


Catching Fire, Children, Force Labor, Hip-Hop, Homeless, Human Beings, Human Trafficking, Humanity, Hunger Games, Memorial Day, Memorial Day Weekend, Miami, Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, Pornography, Poverty, Prostitution, Urban Beach Weekend

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Past and present experiences include international banking and real estate. Strong knowledge and interest in geopolitics.

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