They said they lived on a few bites of rice and curry a day in a space barely big enough to lie down, stuck until the next trawler forces them back to sea.Photo by Dita Alangkara/Associated Press Twenty-one million people are currently victims of modern day slavery. Tobia, host of PBS News Hour’s newest podcast, “Shortwave,” recently reported on this horrifying practice, how it persists and the many ways it permeates modern life.Earlier this week, the House passed 12 bills to combat sex trafficking. "I refuse to accept that men are born rapists, porn users, or johns." "As an academic, a sociologist, and mother, I believe it is the way men are shaped by society," said Dines.Several of the bills aim to strengthen the State Department's weapons against traffickers, while others fill gaps in current law. "The biggest sex educator of young men today is pornography, which is increasingly violent and dehumanizing, and it changes the way men view women." Dines is not alone in her view.Since Tobia’s podcast originally aired in April, 550 of these men have been freed in response to Mendoza’s reporting.Tobia also spoke to Maurice Middleberg, executive director of the NGO, Free the Slaves.Being at their most vulnerable, the “pimps” jump in and provide empty promises, claiming that they’ll give them the attention that they want and promise to provide the best life for them, sometimes offering them a modeling or actress gig.Once the pimp gains the trust of the lost individual they offer them a free trip to meet face to face.
Actions such as online communication have been defended by suspected offenders using the so-called "fantasy defense", in which those accused argue that they were only expressing fantasies and not plans of future behavior. S., case law draws a distinction between those two and some people accused of "grooming" have successfully used this defense.
Paul Gillespie, head of the Kids’ Internet Safety Alliance, stated “those who seek out children to exploit are very good at identifying those who may not have great self esteem, loners, those who perhaps don’t have that adult male influence, and they will find them in these chat rooms, game rooms, web rooms and then they will move in.” The Internet has been a prime location for older individuals in luring young women into human trafficking.
As a way to escape the world, young adults and teens turn to the Internet to find the attention they so long desire.
There was an incident in 2009, where a 38-year-old man turned to Facebook to find girls that he could force into prostitution.
When talking with the girls through the website he promised that he would help them become models if they came to the city.
22, 2014 photo, Thai and Burmese fishing boat workers sit behind bars inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia.