End Exploitation of the Vulnerable

End Exploitation of the Vulnerable

It may sound jarring and obnoxious to modern and refined sensibilities that in the 21st century human trafficking and sexual exploitation of young , vulnerable and desperate women takes place. As jarring as it may sound, but it happens. Of these hapless victims of human predation, refugees stuck in various camps and habitations are more vulnerable. According to the United Nations Migration Agency, the number of Rohingya refugees has reached nearly one million, with young girls sold into forced labour in Bangladesh accounting for the largest group of trafficking victims,. It was also stated that families desperate to earn money were sending their daughters to work in and under dangerous conditions. The agency has further said that women and girls lured into forced labor accounted for two thirds of those receiving its support and another 10 percent were victims of sexual exploitation. All this means that the group in contention here has been victims of a double whammy, so to speak: first, they have been ruthlessly driven out from their homes and hearths and second, after this vicious displacement, Rohingyas, especially their women, have become victims of human predation, which exploits their multiple vulnerabilities. This morally, ethically vile and obnoxious and vile behavior , which should awaken the conscience of the world , must stop. Special onus of responsibility for the dignified rehabilitation of Rohingyas and their women falls on world bodies like the United Nations and its allied agencies. Moreover, the states of the international system must also wake up to the nagging issue of forced labor and sexual exploitation of vulnerable women and cooperate to bring an end to this menace. Naming , shaming and making reports is neither enough nor can these deter these immoral practices. Essentially, a three pronged approach is necessary to combat these odious practices. The first lies in economic growth and development of poor and less developed economies. This growth must be equitable and broad based so that all benefit. (This would axiomatically call for freer trade). The second approach is cooperation among all states of the world to both choke the supply and demand of these inhuman practices. This approach would, in practice, mean punishment of both those facilitating sexual exploitation of vulnerable women and forced labor. The third prong would mean actually creating conditions peace and stability in regions ridden with political, social, ethnic and cultural conflict. In the final analysis , all humans have rights and a dignified life is owed to them. Let the process of making rights real begin with vulnerable women who become victims of lustful predation.