Trafficking is becoming the serious problem which is now dreadfully actual and near us. Yesterday's discussion club at the American Corner Astana was focused on spreading info.
Please read further: 10 minutes can save your or someone's lifeI've been meeting the term "human trafficking" since 2006 and personally volunteered against it. My experience and position can be put only in one sentence: "Human trafficking is dangerous and you and me can be the victim of it".
Yesterday the regular visitors of American Corner in Astana (further ACK) had a good chance to find out or enlarge their own awareness on this new fold if crime. No apologies can be given if we don't start to share them with people.
First of all, I want to accentuate that HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS THE THIRD MOST PROFITABLE TYPE OF CRIME. It is the newest one though. Every year 5 million people fall as the victims. Type of the work:
- Tobacco, cotton fields
- Building constructions
- Child labor
- Household/ begging in the streets (commonly children under 18)
- Forced marriages
- Surrogate maternity
- Transplantation of organs
- MANY OTHER types of crime traffickers come up with
There are 3 sides taking part in trafficking: victims, traffickers and transit or providers. I would on my personal behalf add the consumers or customers but they are not actively paid attention now. It is widely thought that the victims are women, girls and children, but men are not safe either. Many migrants fall the victims of trafficking. Potentially traffickers choose vulnerable people from unfortunate or poor families, remote villages, families with low income, orphanages and uneducated people. The last criteria doesn't mean that educated people are safe, on the contrary. The ways of persuading victims are fraud, kidnapping, promise of good salary for work abroad or study abroad. Some victims become trafficked on their own will, not knowing they are being sold or abused. There are some cases of possible danger below.
You are unemployed and searching for job. Then you see an advertisement: "A good salary for a short period of time abroad. No language skills is needed."or "The cooks are needed for a good salary and easy work. No cooking skills is needed." - these advertisements are TOO GOOD to be true.
A girl with her friend (who is a female) are dancing at the night club. A man or a woman, anyone approachers you and say "Girls, you dance very beautiful I can send you to Turkey for three months to be a dancer. You will get 10000 $ If you dont't have money for tickets and visa I will pay for you. You pay me later". The same cases with the schools of modeling, agencies of international marriages. The last sentence can sound different but with the same context.
Your remote brother (any of your relatives) drop by your house in a nice car or comes after some work with money and says to you "do you want the same? I can send you. I will pay for you, you pay me when you get back"
A not necessarily young woman wants to get married to a foreigner and is registered in a dating agency. She meets a man of her dream on Internet and they start communicating and comes time when man wants to meet. Agency provides her with visa, ticket, everything BUT IN REALITY HER BELOVED DOESN'T EXIST.
Many examples kidnapping happen at night clubs (never drink offered coke or cocktail or other drink), forced kidnapping in the streets.
MIND: Traffickers are also clever and they will have big money for you.
What happens when someone becomes trafficking's victim? All the victims can be targeted for different jobs still the actions of making them work are similar. First of all at the destination point, the documents will be taken away, those who go at the traffickers can be beaten, raped or maximum some victims can be killed as a dreadful example of what happens if someone goes against. The living provisions and other needed things will be provided in minimum, no connection with outer world will be settled. Victims work and execute their duties under the control and this can last for a very long period or lifetime, of course if victim doesn't die under hard circumstances or won't be killed.
What should we do to secure ourselves?
- Pay attention to the content of advertisement; words people say; what they mean.
- Leaving for abroad? - Leave ALL CONTACT INFORMATION with your family, also, the copy of your documents and your last photo.
- Leaving abroad for work? - Make sure you know what your work is, where you will live, the city, exact address and check the proper legitimation of the organization where you will work.
- Leaving for work abroad? - FIND OUT THE NUMBER OF YOUR COUNTRY'S CONSULATE and other important numbers.
- Arrived at the destination or packing? - DO NOT GIVE YOUR DOCUMENTS ANYONE. HIDE ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS ALL OVER YOUR PACKAGE. NO ONE
- Lost your documents or they are taken away? - REMEMBER YOU ARE STILL A LEGAL PERSON AND YOU CAN GO AND ASK FOR HELP FROM THE POLICE
- Beaten up[ and made to agree to slavery? - REMEMBER EVEN IF YOU AGREED, YOU ARE STILL A VICTIM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
There are several organizations dealing with the victims of human trafficking.
- International Organization of Migrants (IOM). Hotline for Kazakhstan 8 8000 8000 15 (free of charge)
- Police hotline for dealing with human trafficking 1 16 16
- Non Govermental Organizations (NGOs) in Kazakhstan:
Astana - 990521
Aktobe - 514744
Aktau - 502297
Almaty - 2998090, 150
Zhezkazgan - 769710
Karaganda - 333057
Kokshetau - 262784, 291153
Kostanay - 532235
Kzylorda - 277983
Petropavlovsk - 343123
Taldykhorghan - 241778
Ust-Kamenogorsk - 522942
Shymkent - 562732, 500785
Taraz - 425692
This information can play significant role in your or someone's life if you share it. You may save a life. At least, remember and memorize.
Further details and personal stories are coming and the translation into Kazakh and Russian as well.