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This is a "side note" I had last night after I watched the movie "Taken" starring Liam Neeson who is an ex-CIA agent who is overprotective of his distant daughter with whom he is trying desperately to reconnect. Neeson's character has traveled the world and has seen the atrocities that the world holds. The main subject of the movie is human trafficking in a first world country, France. For years human trafficking occurred in third world countries mainly in Eastern Europe (former USSR countries or former Yugoslavian countries) where they were taken to western Europe in hopes to have a better life but they were tricked into drugs and prostitution. This movie shows that no matter where in the world you are, being it first developed or underdeveloped countries, young woman are always going to be at risk. But does this movie depict that its dangerous for women to travel to Europe? As a European I do feel that this movie did give a bad image to Europe, but lets face what movie doesn't give a bad image to what country?, but as a young woman who has lived all over the world, in developed and underdeveloped countries, I have to say that being a woman is always going to be hard no matter what country you live in. There are dangers all around no matter the circumstances. The danger of Europe lies within the east and west. Western Europe has been very fortunate for the fact that 99% of the countries are in the EU and because they are not underdeveloped due to the support from its neighboring countries and Germany's economic stance. Eastern Europe has been somewhat left in the shadows after the break from the former-USSR and former-Yugoslavia and therefore many of those citizens began trafficking women, and children, in order to "makes means" (aka: become rich by risking the lives of others).
The main subject of this blog is western Europe and human trafficking, are young women in danger when traveling to Western Europe? Everyone who travels to Europe, or any other place in world regardless of gender or age, is at risk of being in danger, the number one rule to follow is: COMMON SENSE. Unfortunately the human race is naive and we all believe in the kindness of strangers and want to believe that everyone is kind and trustworthy. Remember: Human Trafficking among women and children is real.
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