Fight Against Human Trafficking

“Human Trafficking is Modern Day Slavery” – The fresh quotes

Just recently, in Boracay, we had our local intel about some 50 year old American who proposed to a 14 year old girl. Unfortunately for the teenager she had no say as her mother approved it.

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Yes, we had, an American 50 years old guest last year who proposed to a 14 year old with her mothers approval… I called the police… nothing happened for weeks… then I call ECPAT then DSWD                    finally took action…

Being in the 14 year old girls shoes would be horrifying. I can’t imagine being forced to marry someone almost 4 times older than me. I would be in great repugnance just sitting there as if I’ve been robbed from my say and my life. It seems as though the mother didn’t care and it just feels like she’s been betrayed and lef

 

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There are innumerable people looking for a new life or a fresh start but get lured into a trap. A trap that most would say impossible to escape. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. State Department, an estimated 600,000- 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders every year. That is a lot of people tricked into an inhumane and almost inescapable life.

childlabormap What is human trafficking, you may ask, well, it’s defined as an “action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, typically for the purposes of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation.”.

Definition of human trafficking explained by the United Nations:

“The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”

Definition of human trafficking explained by L.O.A.S.H:

“Bad people smuggling other innocent people so that they could use them for forced labour, sexual exploitation and sometimes to steal tissues, organs, cells. Human trafficking, probably one of the worst types of crime. These unsuspecting people get lured in with promises of a new life and happiness but they instead encounter violence and unjust treatment.”

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An example of human trafficking:

Have you seen the documentary called The Dark Side of Chocolate?  If you haven’t then I will explain. The documentary is made by a journalist whose pretty much risked his life to expose the dark side of chocolate. Kids are being smuggled from buses and are forced to do hard labour under the sun with barely anything but food scraps just to make chocolate. Children as young as 5 years old are under hard labour and slavery just to make chocolate for some of these companies:

  • Nestle

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  • Mars

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  • ADM Coco
  • Godiva
  • Fowler’s Chocolate
  • Kraft

I know, nestle, it’s betrayed us. Aside from the fact, these companies know they are “exposed” and people out there, including you and I, are aware and dislike the fact that they are using child labour, they aren’t stopping. After watching this documentary, it was hard to enjoy these companies chocolate the same way. I mean I love chocolate and knowing that with every bite that I take supports Nestle, I can’t. At least there are still some humane chocolate companies that actually care and know that its terribly wrong to use child labour, for example:

  • Clif Bar
  • Green and Black’s
  • Koppers Chocolate
  • L.A. Burdick Chocolates
  • Denman Island Chocolate
  • Gardners Candie
  • Montezuma’s Chocolates
  • Newman’s Own Organics
  • Kailua Candy Company
  • Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company
  • Rapunzel Pure Organics
  • The Endangered Species Chocolate Company
  • Cloud Nine

Maybe you haven’t heard of half the names of these chocolate companies ever, like me, but, at least you have an idea of what chocolates you can eat while not being so guilty.

The documentary I was just explaining to you was filmed in Ivory Coast. If we want to stop this, images-2.jpgwe have to warn others, educate others to stop eating these brands chocolate or join the campaigns that are struggling to stop these big companies from child labour andslavery. I’m pretty sure with the loads of money coming in from the thousands of buys, especially Nestle and Godiva, they could afford machines to make their chocolate instead of smuggling and forcing young children to work. Let your voice be heard. And, spread the word…

This is just one example for human trafficking and its used for chocolate. Chocolate! Imagine.


 

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Escaping these trafficking rings is like trying to get out of a strong current in the ocean. The longer you stay, the deeper you go. But, when you do escape joy might be the first feeling you get but then you know that fear soon catches up as you know that they threatened you saying that they will harm your family. Only of the escapees that fled from the trafficking rings have had the courage to speak up and tell their stories. Here are a few examples:

A man who escape A.K.A a survivor | I found his story on CBC :

This man was lured into what has been called the largest human trafficking ring in Canadian history  was forced him to work in deplorable conditions. He was falsely lured with 9 other men to Canada by the Domotor – Kolompar criminal organisation with the promise of work in the construction industry and thousands of dollars in pay. Instead of their “new” life promised to them in Canada, they were kept in basements, forced to work from dawn to dusk and fed table scraps. On Christmas, they were forced to watch the bad people who lured them outside in the cold while they had a feast. This was a very difficult and rough time for them. When this man escaped, he had some problems trusting anybody, although, he is working on it. Fortunately for him, the individuals who forced him to work from dawn to dusk, were deported as he was afraid they would go after him again.

So far we’ve only covered one of the types of human trafficking which is called forced labour. The two main types of human trafficking are:

  1. Forced Labour
  2. Sex Trafficking

Everyone is a target for sex trafficking, men, women, children. They describe being in a trafficking rings like a circus. Women which were brought into the trafficking rings were forced to go to different men nearly everyday. They were treated as if they were animals. They didn’t have a say in anything.

My suggestion on how to fight against human trafficking are the following:

  1. Spread awareness by:
    1. Prepare a speech in school to spread the word
    2. Form organisation to educate others about the human trafficking
    3. Post on FB, Twitter, Instagram and other social networking platforms about the new on human trafficking
    4. Tell your neighbours
    5. Tell your friends to tell their friends to tell theirs friends and so on…
  2. Speak up!!!
  3. Make an App to inform more people
  4. Post signs and put everywhere to let more people know

Human Trafficking, as we might all know is terrible. People get robbed from their lives locked away from humanity, pretty much. And, children (children!) are forced to work under such pressure and unhealthy conditions barely with breaks. If you just think about it or talk about with your friends or family and make then not only know but care and understand. You might just have read about human trafficking and the way they abuse other people but what counts is how you care and how you take initiative to really make sure everyone else cares. Cause if we, the people of this earth, really want to change something, we can. We just need the courage and the strength to stand up and speak up. Also, aside from educating others about just human trafficking, we need to educate others on their rights. Because most people who get sucked into that vortex of evil don’t know their rights and are treated like robots, literally robots. I don’t want to keep you much longer and starting writing a whole manuscript on what to do and what not to do, but, I just want you to understand the great importance and effect that spreading the word can do to others.

– Yours truly, L.O.A.S.H

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