On this beautiful spring day I am reading about human trafficking triggered by watching “The Whistleblower”, a film based on true events about a female police officer in postwar Bosnia who uncovers a trafficking ring involving UN officials and contractors. The conditions of the young women who are lured abroad with tales of money and excitement (one can only hope that doesn’t happen as much now) are worse than we can even imagine.
Mostly trafficking equates to female slavery. Woman are still chattel in many parts of the world. Even Turkey, a modern country, reports many cases of honor killings. But let’s examine those UN officials and contractors. What did they tell themselves to make their actions possible? Don’t men have sisters, wives, and daughters? Is it just another case of the brutality of humankind? Woman is the other, and once you turn any being into someone separate from yourself, or even different, anything is possible. Humans will never evolve until women regain a place of value in all societies. It is precisely the femaleness, the feminine that our culture has deplored and tried over and over to eradicate, even to the point of making our own mother earth unable to sustain life.
Purge- the wonderful novel by Oksanen