Greetings from The Slave Detective,
Sorry for my recent absence but I have had writers block.
That may make a few groan! Oh he is back!
I have of course been busy doing other things and in my day-to-day life.
I have been getting annoyed at all the litter around me. We throw away so much in our disposable life.
If we have finished with it we throw it away and don’t give it a second thought. Some just toss it to one side. It is someone elses problem. No one challenges those that throw litter away. It’s not fashionable.
Our disposable lives also stretches to using other people’s lives.
I have been listening to TED talks. In particular ones on human trafficking.
This TED talk is an Indian Lady who asks us to break our culture of silence and reach out of our limited world and pass on the fact that Human Beings who deserve our support (and what some of the children she has rescued have had to endure) have been tossed to one side.
She herself was a victim of trafficking and was sexually assaulted at the age of 15yrs. We have recently had the case of the young lady on the bus in India who was raped by a group of males on a bus!! They took what they wanted and left her to die!
The Ted Talk by Sunitha Krishnan is one of the short talks in the series. She relates accounts of three children that she has come into contact with. Children who have also been sold, often by their parents, and used without any thought to their future.
Sunitha Krishnan has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from sex slavery, a multimilion-dollar global market. In this courageous talk, she tells three powerful stories, as well as her own, and calls for a more humane approach to helping these young victims rebuild their lives.
One of my first cases was from the Asian sub continent. I recall how she was herself ostracised from her community because she reported her Human Trafficking. Sunitha raises a good point that we have PHd’s in victimizing the survivors of trafficking but what do we actually do for them?
Listen to her words.
Sheryl WuDunn’s book “Half the Sky” investigates the oppression of women globally. Her stories shock. Only when women in developing countries have equal access to education and economic opportunity will we be using all our human resources.
She tells of a Chinese girl whose parents could not afford to pay for her to go to school. The $13 was just too much for her parents to spend on her.
She tells of the millions of girls that are missing. More women are missing than the sum of those killed in the 20th century battlefields.
Girls in India have a 50% less chance of survival.
She tells how those in poverty spend their monies and how unwisely funds are proportioned. Listen to Sheryl all the way through because she makes some very good points on Modern Day Slavery.
Finally Kevin Bales is the co-founder of Free the Slaves, whose mission is to end all forms of human slavery within the next 25 years.
He talks about discovering Human Trafficking in London.
Kevin Bales explains the business of modern slavery, a multibillion-dollar economy that underpins some of the worst industries on earth. He shares stats and personal stories from his on-the-ground research — and names the price of freeing every slave on earth right now.
I agree with him that the facts on Human Trafficking and the figures passed around are difficult to seek out. What we do know is that a destitute and vulnerable person is not a slave until the rule of law is ignored.
It is were you do whatever you have to do to raise funds and then when you want to get out the hammer comes down. You’re a slave.
The price of Human Beings is cheap!
We throw away cheap things when we have finished with them. We don’t give it a second thought when we have thrown it away. The trash man just comes along and tidies up after us. That is what he is paid for!!
Who is our trash man?
Kevin is a great speaker. I really enjoyed his point of view.
He echo’s many of the things those of us that have been involved in the world of human trafficking believe.
We can change this dirty little world if we care for it, tidy up after ourselves and observe the common rule of law.
I think the common rule of law is “would I be happy if someone did this to me or tossed this trash into my life?”
If the answer is “no” why would you do it to another?