Title

Sex Trafficking In the Middle East: An Untold Story

Presenter Information

Salam Awad

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 137A

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

Sex trafficking as defined by the Palermo Protocol adopted by the United Nations in 2000, as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction of fraud of deception, of the abuse of power of a position of vulnerability, or of the giving and receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for purpose of exploitation. Sex trafficking is a horrendous crime and has taken rise in places all over the world. This research focuses on sex trafficking in one of the most controversial and heated regions, the Middle East. Thousands of women throughout the Middle East are being forced into prostitution and other means of coercion for sexual exploitation each day. Gender-based discrimination has been a tool, especially in the Middle East, for sex trafficking to prosper. Despite the horrific measures of this crime, it remains a hushed taboo. Focusing primarily on Iraq, and particularly the wave of Iraqi refugees following the U.S. led invasion, this study provides analysis on the factors constituting the rise of sex trafficking in Iraq and other regions of the Middle East. By highlighting the neglect of governmental authorities, religious tradition, and cultural taboos to effectively combat the problem, this research paints a picture of a dark reality existing in the Middle East. (Editor’s Note: This presentation may contain adult themes, content, or imagery.)

Faculty Mentor(s)

Bang-Soon Yoon

Additional Mentoring Department

Political Science

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Sex Trafficking In the Middle East: An Untold Story

SURC 137A

Sex trafficking as defined by the Palermo Protocol adopted by the United Nations in 2000, as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction of fraud of deception, of the abuse of power of a position of vulnerability, or of the giving and receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for purpose of exploitation. Sex trafficking is a horrendous crime and has taken rise in places all over the world. This research focuses on sex trafficking in one of the most controversial and heated regions, the Middle East. Thousands of women throughout the Middle East are being forced into prostitution and other means of coercion for sexual exploitation each day. Gender-based discrimination has been a tool, especially in the Middle East, for sex trafficking to prosper. Despite the horrific measures of this crime, it remains a hushed taboo. Focusing primarily on Iraq, and particularly the wave of Iraqi refugees following the U.S. led invasion, this study provides analysis on the factors constituting the rise of sex trafficking in Iraq and other regions of the Middle East. By highlighting the neglect of governmental authorities, religious tradition, and cultural taboos to effectively combat the problem, this research paints a picture of a dark reality existing in the Middle East. (Editor’s Note: This presentation may contain adult themes, content, or imagery.)