The Article I Selected
There are so many important women's issues listed in WomenWatch; it was hard to choose one. I selected "Mexico leads countries in UN ‘Blue Heart’ human trafficking campaign
" because it seemed like an issue that can only benefit from greater visibility. According to the article, up to 80% of the estimated 2.4 million victims of human trafficking are women and girls.
I was astonished, and quite honestly sickened, to learn that the United States may be the largest market for human traffickers from Mexico, according to a NowPublic article
-- I have not verified this statistic, but even the thought is revolting. The article mentions a "rape camp" in San Diego county where young girls from Mexico are taken.
About the Blue Heart Campaign
The Blue Heart Campaign
is a United Nations program under UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) that seeks to assist countries as they implement the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons (read about the protocol, also known as the Trafficking in Persons Protocol, and download the full text on the UNODC site
). Mexico is the first country to implement a national version of the campaign; Spain is set to be the next country to do so, this coming June.
Libertad Latina.org: An article about the San Diego camp
appeared in Libertad Latina last summer. The article illustrates very poignantly one reason it is difficult to stop practices like this. According to the article, even though the camp was raided and several traffickers and customers were arrested, the young women were intimidated by their captors and did not press charges.
Facebook: The UNODC Blue Heart Campaign has a Facebook group
, which I just joined.
Other EVOKE Agents have written about this issue:
- Agent Julio Cesar Corona Ortega discusses the issue and presents the point of view that awareness campaigns are not currently effective ways to change issues like this one. While I do agree with his point of view, I also know that here in the US, a lot of people are simply unaware of things like this or of how bad the situation is, and making them aware is still a small step in the right direction.
This was a difficult issue to research, because it's such a horrible thing to contemplate.