Aug 3, 2011
While significant efforts have been implemented to combat human trafficking in all parts of Southeast Asia, there are still dramatic increases in the trafficking of young women and girls through most parts of the area. Hilary Clinton was quick to point out how many men, women, and children are being subjected to trafficking every year because they're being promised the brightness of a new life.
They're sold into sexual slavery at a young age and they never get to see the life they were promised. Ambassadors and government officials in Burma, Bangladesh, and the U.S. have begun prosecuting traffickers who are caught; offering many of them deals to find out who else is behind the increase in human trafficking.
Although there have been major advancements toward eliminating trafficking in some areas, Burma and North Korea remains the two largest regions where there are reportedly thousands of trafficked young women and men. Little enforcement of trafficking laws means more people are apt to being sold as "brides", sex slaves, or common factory workers. North Korea's government has refused to acknowledge the human trafficking within their nation; seeing no reason for laws to be developed in the pursuit of ultimately eliminating trafficking altogether. The biggest question remains, what do they plan to do about it?