I'm security Officer in airport, you don't have metal on you activate the metal detector. As your walking through the detector bump or hit the side and it will cause it to activate. I'm sure gangs, traffickers and crap family will clock on to the spoon in underwear trick.
If you're not actually a citizen of the UK or USA, but the country your family are taking you to - what can western authorities do to help even if you do the spoon thing?
My dear friend works intensely for a charity in Cambodia that rescues little children from the child sex trade.... little girls and boys, as young as 1 year old.
I love seeing her photographs from the time she spends with them and the joy she brings them, (several times a year, and relentlessly on various social networks) in person and through fund-raising.
When I first saw photos of her with the kidlets at the rescue centers, I realized all the kids would hold their hands in front of their eyes like goggles, thumb to finger.. I asked why...
It's so the traffickers can't identify their victims, find them and kidnap (or kill) them.
Reality check. This is real.
One of the coolest moments of my former law practice was getting a court to emancipate a young girl whose parents in her birth country had commanded her to return from a US visit to marry a 55 year old business pal of her dad's. In telephone testimony to the court the father emphatically insisted that it was his right to give her to any man he chose and that her age and wishes were irrelevant. He also refused to let the child's mother testify despite being "ordered" by the judge to put her on. It took a little more than that to carry the day for us, but not much.
Lots of lawyers in lots of cities around the world will vigorously pursue this kind of case at no charge. Just contact the local court or bar association, if that's at all possible.
Edit 1 day later: I will be grateful if this story (which is in fact absolutely true) empowers even one person to seek or render help.
There are stickers in the ladies toilets at Birmingham Airport (UK) that say "Is there any reason you don't want to travel? call number xxx to get help from a police officer. You are in the green/pink/purple toilet". I always thought that was great for women who feel trapped in scary situations.
EDIT (to answer some responses): it's a catch all for anyone in an abusive/scary situation. Not just targetting the extreme, but anyone who feels unsure or unsafe. I think it's meant for terrorism whistleblowing also, therefore, in many of these cases, I think people DO have access to phones.
EDIT2: I haven't been in the mens so maybe they have them in there too, but I wouldn't know.
I have a friend who is currently being forced into arranged marriage. His family basically tricks him into coming back to his hometown without telling him anything. He only knows there is a wedding waiting for him thanks to a cousin.
Since he has a lot of wealth over there, he comes up with a plan: asks the bride’s father when is the date of the wedding, flies back to Afghanistan during the intervening days and sells everything he has there, go back to the US with the money, fake death and cut ties with his family forever.
Hope he pulls it off
I read about this as an anti-female genital mutilation technique. FGM is illegal in the UK, but some parents will take their pubescent girls home to meet their 'aunt' for treatment in the African nations where they are from and where FGM is legal.
A couple of weeks ago I read an article about a woman from Romania who was going to fly to Spain to work as bartender but when she was at the airport she discovered she was going to be prostituted by a mafia. She wrote a help me note in a napkin she hid inside her passport and at the control the romanian police helped her and the procurers were arrested. It is the closer to that situation you ask.
Link (in Spanish, sorry).
This is good advice, seriously!
I have worked at an airport and have spoken to a security officer who helped a woman stop being transported and killed.
The woman did not know she wasn’t going to be coming home, until she got to the airport and her husband went to the toilet and she realised only he had a return ticket.
She somehow managed to quickly think to hide her bangle so that she could set the metal detector off and have to be searched. As the officer was up close and searching her, the woman whispered “help me”. The officer quickly took her for a private search, grabbed the woman’s bags and passport too ‘as protocol’ and went into the private search room. The woman fell on the floor crying, begging for help, so they called the police. The husband started to get suspicious and tried to break his way into the room and the officer had to push against the door, thankfully the police turned up straight away and restrained him. He was arrested and she was given protection and moved to a new city to start a new life. It was harrowing to hear, and really awful to know that this goes on!
If you have any suspicion of something like this happening, even an inkling, please do something, call someone.
We flight attendants are trained to spot human trafficking too. It’s tough because handlers(scum) are getting smarter.
Some brave girl left a note in the lavatory for us to find on a flight and flight attendants were able to stop her from being trafficked further.
Since my thread has some attention I do want to point out that you too can be on the look out for human trafficking. If you see any of these signs listed on this government website please let an airport authority know or if in flight let one of us flight attendants know. Do Not engage the suspected people. We won’t in flight either for the suspected person’s safety.
A girl in my hometown was taken to Pakistan. She ended up drinking bleach to get home. Just over a year later her parents killed her and dumped her body in Cumbria. Her name was Shafilea Ahmed.
I think there were multiple discussions about this on /r/legaladvice along with other posts about people trying to avoid being sent away for marriage. I'll try to find them
I am super late but I have a good friend that I met in Haiti who was married off at 17 from Ukraine to the United States. Her husband was in his 50s and she didn't know that she had a choice. After living (and sleeping with this man) for two years, she figured out that she doesn't have to be a slave to this man. She stole a bunch of his money and bought a ticket to Haiti to do disaster relief work, and then a ticket back to Ukraine. She is happily married now with a man she loves to death, and has a son who is I believe 5 or 6 now. We don't get to talk as much as we used to. I miss the heck out of that woman. She is stronger than anyone I have ever known.