What do I think of trafficking? I think it is abhorrent. The most disgusting thing we can do to another, the slave trade of our century. The idea that a girl could be forced to do what I do, fills me with sadness and horror. The idea that men I see, men I talk to daily, could contribute to that type of pain and misery truly makes me sick. However, I don’t think many men would knowingly see a trafficked person. I think the waters have been muddied. Some people definitely don’t want to be here and do not want to work as prostitutes. However – an awful lot do.
Many ladies are here for economic reasons, and they come from a wide range of countries. Some work for agencies here in Ireland, agencies that remain hidden, and some work for agencies who send them here. All of them will charge these ladies a fee for their ‘assistance”. So yes, they are pimps. For some ladies, that’s the only way they could ever afford to travel.
What about the ladies who work for literally a few euro in their countries? Same job there, but for a pittance? What about those ladies, who actually want to be here? The ones who see this as their chance to improve not only their lives, but the lives of their children and extended families too? We need clarity of these situations. We need to be aware, not only of the true horrors that are out there, but the half stories, the ones we are never told. The ones that don’t quite fit. There are so many shades of grey.