No Longer Invisible: Families that Torture, Traffic, and Exploit their Girl Child

Authors

  • Jeanne Sarson Independent
  • Linda MacDonald Independent

Keywords:

Non-State torture families, sexualized human trafficking, exploitation, trafficked female children, Tortura no estatal por parte de familias, trata sexual de personas, explotación, niñas traficadas

Abstract

This paper discusses non-State torture families that organize the sexualized trafficking and exploitation of their girl child to their network of like-minded individuals and groups. They have eluded being identified in the extensive research that informs the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons (2014) by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. This means the trafficked and tortured girl child has been absent from the profile of trafficked children. Understanding the girl child’s position of vulnerability and complex relational victimization and traumatisation responses to being tortured, trafficked, and exploited is essential to recommending interventions that address socio-legal and knowledge gaps and promote the dignity and human rights of the girl child.

Este artículo trata sobre familias que infligen torturas no estatales y que organizan el tráfico sexual y la explotación de sus hijas por medio de redes de individuos y grupos de similares características. Han eludido ser identificadas en la extensa investigación que dio lugar al Informe Global sobre Trata de Personas (2014) de la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas contra las Drogas y el Delito. Ello significa que la niña objeto de trata y torturas no aparece en el perfil de niños víctimas de trata. Es esencial comprender la posición de vulnerabilidad y de respuestas complejas a la victimización relacional y al trauma por parte de la niña para poder recomendar intervenciones que aborden las lagunas sociojurídicas y de conocimiento y que promuevan la dignidad y los derechos humanos de la niña.

Available from: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-0922

Author Biography

Jeanne Sarson, Independent

Authors Jeanne and Linda are Canadian feminist human right activists, independent scholars, and grass root nurse supporters who have focussed their professional attention, since 1993, on seeking human equality, dignity, and social-legal inclusion for women and girls who have survived non-State torture (NST).  

Professional postal address is: Persons Against Non-State Torture (NST), 361 Prince Street, Truro, Canada, B2N 1E4

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How to Cite

Sarson, J. and MacDonald, L. (2018) “No Longer Invisible: Families that Torture, Traffic, and Exploit their Girl Child”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 8(1), pp. 85–105. Available at: https://opo.iisj.net/index.php/osls/article/view/908 (Accessed: 5 December 2021).