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Art with a heart

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on April 27, 2012 at 9:49 am

From the time of Rabindranath Tagore, we’ve seen artists try to raise awareness on issues related to the girl child. In his popular short story, The Exercise Book, the bard of Bengal spoke from the point of view of an intelligent girl child who is forcefully pushed into child marriage and is emotionally affected by it. And what better time than now, when the country is still recovering from the shock of the death of three-month-old Neha Afreen who was allegedly beaten up by her father, to continue what Tagore tried to accomplish.

It is one thing to raise funds to create awareness, but it is another to make people act. “We are not asking contributors to be involved at an activism level but want them to help the next man at a bare minimum level. We are trying to make people part of the project and take ownership for it,” explains Rajiv Rajaram from theatre group Stray Factory, which is raising funds for Project Andromeda that deals with disability. “We are going to have a short film, a play and video installations to try and come up with an interactive platform,” he adds. Apart from focusing on making public places more disabled-friendly, the group is looking at various other awareness aspects at a broader level. “After all, theatre is meant to entertain and inform,” says Rajiv.

Source: IBN Live


Truckers asked to help stop sex trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on February 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Authorities in Southern Nevada are asking truck drivers to be the eyes and ears to help fight human sex trafficking in Sin City and the surrounding areas.

The Morton Travel Plaza truck stop at I-15 and Cheyenne was the backdrop for a press conference on Wednesday to call attention to the problem of human trafficking.

Lt. Karen Hughes of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s vice section said, “There are so many different types of places where these pimps will exploit the women, and this is one of them.”

Nevada Assemblyman John Hambrick has introduced legislation to strengthen Nevada’s human trafficking laws. He says the men and women who drive big rigs through truck stops and across the country, as key to saving girls, boys and adults from being sold for sex. Hambrick said, “These are the eyes and ears.”

Source: KTNV

Alec Baldwin & Rob Morris: Fighting Child Trafficking

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on February 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

Here is a letter to me from Rob Morris, just back from a recent trip on behalf of his child trafficking rescue organization, Love 146.

My interview with Rob is podcasting on my WNYC show, “Here’s The Thing,” beginning Monday.

Dear Alec,

Just got in from my trip to the Philippines and it was amazing. I think people too often only talk about the horror and despair surrounding child trafficking and exploitation (which is a reality), but not enough about the hope, empowerment and change that is also just as much of a reality.

As I mentioned in my email, while in the Philippines I had the privilege of being part of two weddings for girls who were rescued years ago, were brought to our safe home, went through our program and were reintegrated back into a community. They came back to our safe home because they wanted to have their weddings there. It was amazing and beautiful. It was so humbling and such an honor to be a part of it.

While there, I was also able to spend time with girls who are currently in the safe home as well as several who had graduated from the home and are now living in communities and holding down good jobs. One of the girls I met with is Amanda. Amanda’s past of abuse and exploitation began when she was eight. She was eventually trafficked throughout different provinces and even sold on the Internet. She was rescued when she was 14 and then moved from institution to institution. Her greatest desire was to go to school. Because she was unable to attend school in these institutions she ran away and began working in bars and ended up being exploited again.

Rescued again, she came into Love146’s care. We lost no time putting Amanda in a home study program in our safe home that would allow her to learn at her own pace. At age 17 she began at a fourth grade level. After just one year, she passed exams that allowed her to skip high school and go on to college. During college we continued to support her with private tutoring. She has now finished her courses and passed qualifying exams to become a professional caregiver. She is now able to work in hospitals, schools, and other facilities with children, adults and the elderly.

How many times does a girl need to be rescued before she is free? For Amanda, the answer was until she was given access to education.

(Alec Baldwin & Rob Morris via Huffington Post)

In Human Trafficking on January 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

UK Christian acts record single to highlight human trafficking

A small collection of UK Christian artists – including Grammy-nominated worship leader Matt Redman and urban music gurus LZ7 – stand behind the release of 27 Million: a new single to raise awareness for the anti-human trafficking movement.

Due for release in the UK on Monday 27 February,27 Million will be available from iTunes and other digital retailers. It will be supported by a UK tour that offers worshippers a practical way of responding to injustice by introducing them to the A21 Campaign’s work towards the abolition of modern day slavery.

(Inspire Magazine)

“Row For Freedom,” Supported by ManpowerGroup, Achieves Double World Record-Breaking Feat

In Human Trafficking on January 26, 2012 at 10:05 am

ManpowerGroup, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, is delighted to announce that the Row for Freedom team has set a double world record in completing their epic endeavor to row 3,000 miles unaided across the Atlantic Ocean. After 45 gruelling days at sea, the courageous and determined team of five ordinary women became the fastest female crew to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and the first female five to row any ocean.Julia Immonen, Debbie Beadle, Helen Leigh, Kate Richardson and Katie Pattison-Hart elevated the issue of human trafficking on the global agenda by rowing 24 hours a day — two hours on, two hours off — in The Guardian, Supported by ManpowerGroup, and battling 30-foot waves, violent sea sickness, sleep deprivation, the failure of their steering system and their water-maker catching fire, requiring a laborious hand-pumping process to produce vital drinking water.

(Market Watch/The Wall Street Journal)
“Row For Freedom,” Supported by ManpowerGroup, Achieves Double World Record-Breaking Feat

California Trucking Association decides in La Quinta to combat human trafficking

In Human Trafficking on January 25, 2012 at 10:10 am

Members of the California Trucking Association will join a nationwide effort to put the brakes on human trafficking, the group’s president announced today during the annual CTA conference in La Quinta.“Truckers are the eyes and ears of our nation’s highways,” Paris said. “We’re very excited … and believe the California trucking industry will do much to put a dent in domestic sex trafficking.”CTA will distribute informational DVDs for its member companies to use during training, orientation and safety seminars, according to the organization. Wallet-size cards will also be provided to members with information about how to recognize trafficking and what to do when it’s suspected.

(City News Service via

California Trucking Association decides in La Quinta to combat human trafficking

AG promoting awareness of human trafficking with bus ads, billboards

In Human Trafficking on January 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm

The ads on buses and billboards around the state are dramatic, with pictures of men, women and children and declarations of “Stop Slavery,” and “We are not for sale.”They are the latest in an ongoing effort by New Mexico Attorney General Gary King’s office to educate law enforcement and the public about what it says is the little-known and little understood problem of modern slavery.

(JERI CLAUSING  for Associated Press via The Republic)
AG promoting awareness of human trafficking with bus ads, billboards

Malawi govt blamed for increased child trafficking cases

In Human Trafficking on January 22, 2012 at 8:05 am

Fingers of blame are pointing at Malawi government authorities for the increased cases of child trafficking in the country.The blame largely stems from the reluctance of government authorities to take the anti-human trafficking bill into parliament despite its approval by the cabinet some years ago.One of the panelists, the Executive Director of a child rights organization, Eye of the Child, Maxwell Matewere cited several examples in which human traffickers were given lenient and irrelevant court sentences despite pleading guilty to the human tracking.“There was case in 2007 in which one street kid who was ‘trafficked’ from Mozambique had his private parts severed by child traffickers here in Malawi. But the culprits were instead charged with grievous harm because the laws of Malawi do not recognize child trafficking.”

(Susan Chakwiya, Nyasa Times)
Malawi govt blamed for increased child trafficking cases

Ashfield artist’s newest exhibit at The Hill in Springfield focuses on human trafficking

In Human Trafficking on January 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

 One small girl came with the rest, working on mosaics fervently with the visiting American artists in the streets of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, for a solid week.Then, disappeared.Another girl, 10, came to Ashfield artist Robert Markey’s street workshop for children in Cambodia, dirty and wordless most days. Until she slipped a tiny hand in Markey’s about five days in.The children are subjects of Markey’s upcoming art exhibit at The Hill at 111 Chestnut St. entitled “SAFE?” The project will feature eight portraits of poor children Markey worked with in Cambodia and Brazil, designed to raise awareness of human trafficking.

(Stephanie Barry, The Republican)
Ashfield artist’s newest exhibit at The Hill in Springfield focuses on human trafficking

Policing the darker side of prostitution

In Human Trafficking on January 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm

So rarely is light shed on the dark side of Australia’s sex industry that some in the industry would have us believe it doesn’t exist. But every now and then the industry’s ugly underbelly is exposed, and so it was when former Tasmanian MP Terry Martin was arrested in 2009.Martin protested that he believed the prostitute he had paid for sex was 18 years of age. She was, in fact, a 12-year-old child.It emerged, to widespread disgust, that the girl’s mother and a pimp had sold her into prostitution with more than 100 men.Martin was charged, and found guilty in December of unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 17 and of producing child exploitation material, after taking photographs of the girl posing.But Martin escaped jail time, despite being found guilty of procuring a pre-teen girl for sex, after the judge accepted his defence that Parkinson’s disease medication had given him ”hypersexual desire”.The question of consent between women selling sex and their male clients is a contentious one. It is one on which opponents and supporters of the industry will never agree. But there is little doubt that in the case of the 12-year-old girl sold into sex work, and women and girls who are forced to work in the industry against their will, consent is not an option. It cannot be given.

(BIANCA HALL for The Canberra Times)

I added the bold to the last paragraph.  It is never my intention to victim blame or attack those who chose the sex industry as their employ.  I only wish to shine line on the fact that within prostitution (as within almost every other industry in the world), there are those being forced to do labor that they do not wish.  They are slaves, and I hope that those who freely choose prostitution can work with anti-trafficking agencies to help root out and abolish this dark side of prostitution.
Policing the darker side of prostitution

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