21st Century Sex Slaves Documentary Human Trafficking

National Geographic Explorer (2012); Season 3, Episode 9
21st Century Sex Slaves.

Consultant Steve Galster and Thailand’s special force team led by General Charnwut Vajarapuk attempts to combat and capture the brutal sex trafficking ring, Uzbek. They lure women from impoverished countries with promises of a legitimate job before forcing them onto the streets of Thailand as prostitutes. If the women did not make enough money for their bosses, they will be beaten.

Galster says: “The issue is once you’re in a situation that you want to get out of but you can’t- you lose your free will. You’re a slave.”

The next 45 minutes will show you a truly dark side to Thailand’s sex trade. It will uncover insights into the illicit operation of the Uzbek, “a ring that will kill to survive.”

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The Statistics

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The sex trafficking industry made almost $28bn in illicit net profits which is much more than that of renowned brands Microsoft and Nike. Of that $28bn, Thailand takes a $6.4bn chunk worth roughly 10% of their country’s GDP.


29.8M victims have fallen to human trafficking in the world. Today, there is an estimated 1.5 million sex slaves in the world, about half of them are trapped in Asia with most of them being based in Thailand. 66% of those sex trafficked in Thailand are women and another 12% are girls. For most of these female victims, trafficking isn’t their greatest trauma- having to endure sexual abuse and neglect is.

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Thailand is the main source and receiving country in the Mekong Delta region: Cambodia, Lao, Vietnam, Burma. Within Thailand itself, most of the commercialised sex activity comes from tourist cities of Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket.  In the 2014 latest Trafficking in Persons report, Thailand reported to convict only 225 traffickers under its 2008 anti- trafficking law enforcements which remans insufficient compared to the size of the trafficking problem in Thailand.

[S]ex trafficking and mass rape should no more be seen as women’s issues than slavery was a black issue or the Holocaust was a Jewish issue. These are all humanitarian concerns, transcending any one race, gender, or creed.” ― Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

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Overview: Thailand’s Sex Trade

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Thailand is located at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Mainland Southeast Asia. They are surrounded by ornate temples and picturesque beaches that equally rival that of Bora Bora and Hawaii. It’s capital, Bangkok, is the city of angels known for its busy trade, ultramodern mega-malls, vibrant street life and culturally rich landmarks. However at night it is transformed.

Notorious for their red light districts that many foreign men travel for. Sex tourism and prostitution is one of this country’s most lucrative commodities which earn them billions. According Nation Multimedia (2012),  Thailand earns over $6.4 Billion a year in revenue from the sex industry which is roughly 10% of the country’s GDP (Gross domestic product)

Many prostitutes line and work the streets at night while others are based at conventional massage parlours, beer bars, spas, gambling dens and resorts accepting below the line pay equivalent drinks. Thai GO GO Girls, Thai Bar Girls, Thai street freelancing girls, Thai massage girls, Thai Escort girls, the list goes on. Some of them do it willingly while others have been bought, forced, abducted, fallen for fraud, abused or given payments to be controlled regardless of consent. This is the epitome of human trafficking, human sex trafficking.

Human sex trafficking is dubbed modern day slavery, a violation of ethics and human rights and injustice. Already in the 21st Century but women are still being bought and sold on a market like product goods. The conditions they live in as sex workers and prostitutes in Thailand are unbelievable to say the least. They have no opportunity to escape a cramped room, they are denied food and water, their passports and IDs have been taken away and they have no access to a phone or communication device. How would you feel if your daughters, wife, mothers, sisters, best friend and cousins were coerced into entering this ordained world?  They don’t know if they’ll be beaten, they don’t know if they’ll be murdered, they don’t know if they could be gang raped and they do not know if they can escape.

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