Walking Merchandise

2012, Crime  -   8 Comments
Ratings: 8.71/10 from 45 users.

It's really a process that is so complex. One person or just one researcher can't really encapsulate the whole story. When you say trafficking, most people in America think sex trafficking. There's this glorified horror to sex work that isn't applied yet to labor. When there's that much money at stake, the traffickers want to make sure that the victims are out there working and paying it back. There's a huge amount of exploitation and the journeys that people undertake are dangerous journeys.

People die en route. When they arrive, they can often be held at gunpoint until they pay off the balances that are fees. It's just close to a billion dollar business. There are so many people making money from this every year. There are people who you could go and see and you could pay them to get you from point A to point B, and if you don't have a passport, you don't have a visa, that isn't a problem.

Why not go into the snakehead trade? The profit margins are just as high. The penalties if you're caught are much, much lower. The other thing is your merchandise can walk. Fujian Province sits along the southeastern coast of China. With a population of 36.2 million people, its chief exports include mechanical and electrical products, automatic data processing equipment, textiles, garments, and footwear. But beyond these, there is one export that has reached the ports of nearly every major city in the world... people.

When you're talking about a trafficking scenario, it's not about the work. It's about the psychological coercion, the conditions placed around your work, the sacrifices that you're made to take, and the lack of control you have over your whole life. That is what makes trafficking, trafficking. Most of the trafficked Chinese youth, they're actually sent to the United States by their parents. They tend to be victims of abuse when they're growing up or especially victims of neglect as well. It's actually the parents' idea that they come to the U.S. with snakeheads and be involved in this indentured servitude, debt bondage trafficking scenarios.

More great documentaries

8 Comments / User Reviews

Leave a Reply to KC Cancel reply

  1. Dan

    It doesn't frighten him to live in a world in which there is no certainty, no God, and no ultimate ground for morality. In other words, a survival of the fittest world in which "all is permitted."

    For example, building nuclear bombs that we use to kill millions of innocent people we happen not to like at the moment, and afterwords washing our hands and saying, oh well, that's life.

  2. KC

    Money, money, money. It's all about money and internalized oppression. Unless we are able to come up with an alternate mean to mediate human relationships, this is just gonna keep happening.

  3. Sendinglove

    This is horrible for these children. It is so sad. Such a huge burden on them not to mention the danger. If I was told I had to pay an $80,000 debt right now with a job working for minimum wage I would feel completely hopeless. Thanks for putting the website at the end and info on how we can help. Very well done.

  4. Richard Neva

    The more the world shrinks the more the children must pay!

  5. Annie Stone

    THIS is kind of a depressing movie.

  6. Jo McKay

    That our govts claim there is so 'little' they can do and these young people are forced to continue being victims is a clear indictment on there and our unwillingness to help. Simply we ought not to be doing business (sorry I know that eventually, even 'business' needs to come to terms with not just the word but the meaning of 'ethics') with any country or corporation that allows the exploitation of it's people. That will then also cover the trafficking of any age persons, and the use of migrant workers (which panders to greed based INDUSTRY alone), and invite a revolution of thought in the exploitive 'norms' in districts of some communities, and ultimately expose the entire corrupt circle within. Because these things always come back to the value of the rights and 'value' of the human being BEFORE the rights of the MONEY makers. IF our country, state/province/region, community, and neighbourhoods say our 'humanity' comes first, then it follows that the appropriate decisions could also follow! Some say this approach dismisses the complications. Not so. Ethics are simple (mostly), it is our will to work a little harder in order to 'do the right thing' that is the challenge - because we have allowed business (BIG) to take over almost everything, to make change, almost everything must change. It can, it must,and ultimately if 'humans' choose, it will...

  7. elizabeth wesley

    what an uncaring evil world we live in that children should have to endure this tyrrany. have we descended so far that there is no one to protect them? It's just another aspect of how far civilization has deteriorated

    1. sebastien972

      Humans have always been a pretty ruthless species. Killing and exploiting their peers for personal gains not arising for basic needs. Greed and other sins are tendencies written deep in our genes. Hopefully though, we have come a long way since a few thousand years ago. We invited common laws and democracy among other political and societal progresses that have proven to relate into a world of less evil. The battle is not over nonetheless, and the evolution to a more civilized society will be multi-generational. Play your part in trying to teach your kids or closed ones how to live with the highest values and to live a respectable life. If we all do this, we will be able to change this fundamental human nature overtime and we can only be positive that the future will be bright.