“To be honest, because I had bought them, I strongly felt that they were slaves that I had paid for and that it was their duty to obey my orders under all circumstances. They are always visible because they are always busy, while my legal wives are housed at the back of my compound and are not accessible to just anyone, as our religion prescribes. No one is surprised by this, and everyone was happy with their situation.”
- Present-day slave owner interviewed by Timidria
In “Two hundred girls for sale, millions already sold,” a blog post for OECD Insights, Patrick Love sheds light on the WAHAYA report and highlights several staggering statistics. He also points readers to the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, a piece of United Nations legislation ratified in 2000. The Protocol seeks to:
(a) To prevent and combat trafficking in persons, paying particular attention to women and children;
(b) To protect and assist the victims of such trafficking, with full respect for their human rights; and
(c) To promote cooperation among States Parties in order to meet those objectives.
It goes on to make recommendations to States Parties on how to combat trafficking, and offers means of taking action.
In your opinion, do resolutions or similar protocols effect action/change on trafficking efforts in national or state governments? Which of the courses of action can be implemented where you live? Which can you write to your legislators about? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.