The Rape Trade – From: Ricken Patel – Avaaz.org (avaaz@avaaz.org)

 Yesterday at 10:54pm

Dear friends,

Millions of women and girls are sold for rape every year — 2 every minute. We can save these young girls from horror. Click below to donate to Avaaz’s new drive to stop the rape trade forever:

Amita was a sweet 9 year old girl who loved her family. One day, she was kidnapped, taken to a city far away and put in a cage. She was forced to have sex with dozens of men per day, and brutally beaten when she cried or refused. 5 terror-filled years later, suffering from sexually transmitted disease, she died from a beating at age 14.

Amita’s story is about the worst nightmare imaginable, but millions of women and girls are traded for rape every year — one of the most evil problems in our world today. The best way to tackle it is to expose the rape traders and kill their profits. In January Avaaz members voted to make this a top priority this year, so we’re beginning work across the world with expert teams, local campaigners and investigators to shut down these brutal and shadowy businesses.

Every minute this problem continues is too long. We can’t bring Amita back, but every minute, two more Amitas are sold into horror. Let’s stop it now — click to donate:


In the annual Avaaz poll, almost 90% of our community voted for tackling the rape trade as a top campaigning priority for 2010. Here are the actions we are developing:

* Supporting a team of expert sting operators to pose as sex customers, working with local law enforcement to expose the rape trade one location at a time, breaking trafficking rings, freeing the women and girls and hurting the profits of the rape traders.
* Publicly shaming complicit officials and politicians in countries where official corruption is part of the rape trade. The ads would name and shame individuals and campaign for their removal and reform.
* Running a global day of action outside slave houses – exposing locations across the world where trade victims are being sold and raped This shocking violence is often going on just down the road from our homes and schools.
* Lobbying elected leaders to make this issue a priority and use the full resources of our governments to stop it, including passing better legislation to protect and provide for the women caught in the rape trade.
* Partnering with sex work activists, who have deep understanding of the business, to expose the violence and take on the traffickers.
* Tracking key trade routes and blocking ships carrying kidnapped girls and women in key transit ports.
* Going after rape traders directly by publicly exposing them with WANTED billboards in their communities.


Avaaz emails like this one have generated millions for other causes like Burma, climate change and Haiti. That’s what it will take to stop this trade. It’s not about how much we give, but how many of us do. Right now, a girl’s life is being transformed into an unimaginable horror, and we can do something to stop it:


In the time it took to read this email, we’ve lost another 4 girls. There’s no time to waste.

With hope and determination,

Alice, Raluca, Ricken, Graziela, Paula, Paul, Benjamin, Pascal, Milena and the entire Avaaz team.

More Information:

BBC on modern slavery:

Source for statistics and more information about human trafficking at UN Office on Drugs and Crime:

FBI’s work on human trafficking:

Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings:


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  1. 1 Gopal Raj Kumar
    April 13, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I am glad you have addressed this particular senstive topic by confronting the realities of topic of human trafficking head on without the cliched disingenuous tripe that so often accompanies articlees on this subject.

    It is too often a subject politicised with captions accompanying pictures of its victims also cliched to desensitize even caring people after a while.

    India, like China, the former Soviet States and other poor countries turn a blind eye to this trade for a number of reasons. None of them valid. One of these which is often denied and swept under the carpet is that many of the patrons of thee trade are rich and powerful men to a large extent but also women (often those who survive abuse as children then grow up to become madams).

    In India there is “moral justification” and “cultural acceptance” of the trade as if to say that that somehow renders it good or acceptable. The Devadasi (or slaves of god) are a prime example of “temple entertainers and servants to the Brahmin priests”. A euphemism for whores in the name of god.

    Countries like Australia, the UK, France, Germany, Italy (the good home of Catholicism), the US ( we are made to believe the last bastion of good Christian morality) all turn a blind eye to the practice becasue it is a lucrative trade in one of mans most natural and unquenchable desires and weaknesses. The lust and desire for the flesh of subservient and attractive women who will (read must) do their bidding to realise the fantasies of man.

    The convicted Hit Man of the Amercian Mafia, Joe Weiss in the late 1970’s published a book called “Joey-Hitman for the Mob”. In it he quite rightly said, organized crime cannot survive without the direct or tacit support of politicians, the police and ‘good citizens’ its customers.

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