Do Words Speak Louder than Action?

We only listen to people say what we want to hear. The key words that pull in laborers are “love,” “family,” and “money.” These labor abusers know that in order to pull these people out of their desperate measures they entice them with words of hope only to place them in even more desperate settings.  In a statement from Ms. Hiu Danh from the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Danh had testified that her sister, Be Houng, and many young Vietnamese women were lured to Russia with a promise of a high-paying job as waitresses. However, this labor trafficking turned into sex trafficking. These women were told that they were promised to be paid, but instead they were deceived; they were sold to brothels in Moscow. The story is the same all over the world. There are people trying to survive another day on less than a dollar day. These people see these friendly abusers in a well-ironed suit; their physical appearance leads them to believe that they can be trusted. They appeal to the pathos and ethos of those who needed help. The traffickers are very intelligent in that they know how to pull people in. In a way, as conniving as snakes and charmers as they are, they’re their little own snake charmers. In that situation, I could see why falling for this decoy and why so many people fall for it exists.

The language, the words, the syntax that is used by these people come off as innocent. They seize the naïve and gain their trust. In Dr. Laura Murphy’s Book, “Survivors of Slavery: Modern-Day Slave Narratives,” Sopheap, although not a Vietnamese native, was trafficked in Vietnam. Her aunt forced her to beg on the streets. The person that took her in; the woman who is supposed to be her mother figure sent her to Vietnam to be a beggar. Sopheap trusted her new family, but she was unable to leave. There were no words of affection that pulled Sopheap in, but most traffickers pretend to act as their savior; their “daddy,” their new best friend. But you could imagine if people from contiguous countries are sending their children to Vietnam to beg, then what actually goes on in Vietnam? I don’t know what is worse: to be trafficked by your own family or a complete stranger.

People say “the pen is mightier than the sword” or “actions speak louder than words.” Words are powerful and they’re powerful in a way that they’re able to corrupt and manipulate people into doing things they don’t know they’re going into. The combination of actions and words result in havoc. Words are dangerous. Everyone knows words, but everyone has a different way of using it.

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