Date: May 13, 2016 12:27PM
There are several websites which describe the various signs and red flags of human trafficking. The following descriptors are from one such site:
A victim of human trafficking often:
-Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
-Is not in control of his/her own identification documents such as a pass-port
-Has few or no personal possessions
-Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
-Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
-Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
-Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
-Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
-Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
In my opinion all of the above red flags apply to missionaries to some extent, if not fully.
The church sends male missionaries out at the age of 18, which means their recruiting tactics must begin before age 18, therefore they target and exploit children.
Although 18 is the legal age of majority, it is still very young, and such a person is still very much under the control of his or her parents and the inner circle of their community (bishops, church members, extended family). I have a lot of sympathy for young people who really don't want to waste two years of their lives recruiting customers for the corporation, but what choice do they really have?
It may seem far-fetched to consider the missionary program as human trafficking, but that is exactly what it is and the church, and the parents, need to be told that, yes, you are guilty of human trafficking.
It's time to put an end to the unpaid sales force and recognize it for what it is.https://polarisproject.org/recognize-signs