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International Issues of Women's Victimization

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International Issues of Women's Victimization CMLGY 3301 31

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These are the complete notes for the section of international issues on women's victimization, including notes on the movie Nefarious: Merchant of Souls (a movie on human trafficking).
Women and Crime
Professor Sacks
Class Notes
Women's Studies, criminology
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Date Created: 10/13/16
International Issues 10/13/16 2:26 PM Honor Killings o Honor killing – the murder of a woman by a male family member in order to gain back the honor that the woman has taken from the family  This is a way for men to preserve the honor of the family and other families  These killings usually happen in areas where women are treated as property o They are expected to listen to whatever male family members say  5000 people per year are killed in honor killings, but this is definitely low  Prominent in the middle east, particularly Turkey, Lebanon, Pakistan, India  In some countries, honor killings have been ‘outlawed’, but the laws aren’t really enforced o It’s a cultural expectation that men will ‘handle’ their familial disgraces and dishonors o Reasons for this include  Being too western  Being too vocal about their rights  Perceived slights on the family  Rape victims are usually victims of honor killings  Rejecting an arranged marriage  Speaking with men outside of the family or outside of their arranged marriage o Methods for honor killings are usually….  Acid  Burning  Beheading  Drowning  Stoning  Culturally, these murders aren’t dissimilar to instances of killings in America, like if a man were to kill a woman he feels as disrespected him o We view their killings as reprehensible, but our culture’s killings are also reprehensible to them o International courts handle crimes against humanity o They may not be able to outlaw honor killings completely, but they’re supposed to hold nations that have outlawed them responsible  The are a cultural occurrence, and it’s difficult for other countries to intervene  It’s very difficult to change a cultural value – these cultures have accepted violence against women for thousands of year Human Trafficking o Human trafficking – the forced labor through coercion, force, or fraud of individuals for purposes of prostitution, domestic servitude, and other forms of involuntary servitude o This is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world  About 4 million people are trafficked per year – and this is a low estimate  In revenue, it is estimated that human trafficking produces $30 billion per year – this is also low o There are two main categories  Forced labor – this can be anything from working in factories, sweatshops, and farms, and can cover instances all the way to forced domestic servitude within the home o This also includes child soldiers being forced to fight  Sex industry – this is forced prostitution o This is the more controversial area,  This is because many people who are forced to act as prostitutes are treated as criminals themselves  People do not acknowledge that these women were not doing this voluntarily  In many cases, these victims will be treated worse than prostitutes in America  Reasons for human trafficking include… o Cheap labor o Extreme poverty o Production of guns o The demands for labor have increased because NAFTA has made trade free o Poor familial ties or support systems in general  There are certain hubs that become key for trafficking, due to  These conditions include… o Extreme poverty o Political or economic instability o Areas that suffer from gender inequalities o Areas with corrupt law enforcement o Documentation is not required in every area  An example of this hub is the previous Soviet Union – o Their politics and economy changed when communism fell o Many orphans were left behind  Many methods of bringing people into trafficking rings include… o False promises – many victims are promised jobs, and when they arrive for their job, they are thrown into the trafficking rings o Violence o Coercion o The US passed the Trafficking Victims Protection act in 2000 to combat human trafficking  This act is severely flawed – there are substantial limitations  Temporary visas can be given, but they’re very limited and not everybody gets them o This means the victims are often sent back to the nexus of their abuse, putting them in danger  There isn’t enough services to help victims – these people are traumatized and they need help  These cases are hard to prosecute  This is a crime where prevention is necessary o Educational campaigns to educate people on the methods of abduction and coercion  We need to improve our laws on visas and residency need to be stricter with victims, these people need to be protected  And lastly these laws need to be enacted thoroughly Nefarious: Merchant of Souls  In 20 years, 400,000 people have been trafficked in Moldova  Most trafficking is done for the purpose of prostitution  Pimps are often drug dealers who have moved on to prostitution, because they sell drugs once but they sell a women multiple times and get a minimum of 7 years of labor.  800,000 of the prostitutes in Thailand are children  People are able to buy children from their parents  In order for the girls to leave the karaoke bar where they had to work as prostitutes, they needed their parents’ permission. o All three of the mothers said no, that the family needed the money o 80 – 90% of families in Cambodia are selling their daughters into prostitution o Their culture has become one of complacency o If a woman was expecting to have a child, people told her that it they had a daughter and they got into a bad financial situation, she could sell her daughter o These girls had a debt honor, they felt as though they had to prostitute themselves in order to pay back their mothers for bringing them into the world o There are at least 19,250 children trapped in prostitution in Cambodia o Children in America are also sold into prostitution o Prostitution in Las Vegas, Nevada is highly glamorized  They initially feel empowered, but eventually begin to feel abused and used o Stockholm Syndrome is a very common reason that prostitutes stay in the business o Sexual abuse is a core factor in how women end up in prostitution  95% of people in prostitution have previous instances of sexual abuse o The average age of entry to prostitution in the US is 13 – 14 o In Sweden, the prostitutes aren’t arrested, they’re offered services to get out of prostitution  The traffickers and pimps were arrested  They have created a very bad business environment  They have the lowest rate of trafficking in EU o Many of the girls who are rescued from trafficking are in counseling for the rest of their life  Many of are scarred for life – it makes it hard for them to live a normal life  Many of the girls who do leave prostitution end up going back to it, as these are the conditions they’re used to o These girls also don’t think of themselves as human anymore, for the most part o They believe that they deserve this life o Some of the girls who have been trafficked into prostitution turn to drugs as a way to distract themselves from the despair of their situation


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