We Can Change The World…

*waves*

Been doing a lot of revision lately as I have 5 examinations coming up over the next two weeks…revision’s been going really good though 🙂

I’m happy…

THOUGHT: You know that happy high I was telling you about…yep…still on it 🙂 *duz the happy dance*

So we have a Women’s Initiative society in my University. The Women’s Officer decided that she wanted to do a fashion show and got together a lot of models **as well as friends and countless helpers** to make the event an amazing success.

The show will focus on domestic violence, harassment, rape and sexual trafficking of females.

These topics are things that happen to women and men, every. day.

And just because they’re not happening so close to home, some people don’t even want to know.

I was sitting in Starbucks last Sunday afternoon with some friends, and we started talking about Human Trafficking. Wow.
From the 30th March 2011, I’ve been writing a piece about the sexual trafficking of females and I made a decision to write this piece unconsciously without realising how big the scale of human sexual trafficking was.

**Sexual Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation (within national or across international borders),transfer, harbouring, or receipt of persons for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation.  Sexual trafficking is accomplished by means of fraud, deception, threat of or use of force, abuse of a position of vulnerability, and other forms of coercion**

The more I looked into it…the harder it was for me to write my piece. I didn’t realise that in the world around me..so much was going on that I never even thought about..

FACTS:

Worldwide, it is estimated that somewhere between 700,000 and four million women, children and men are trafficked each year, and no region is unaffected.

An estimated 14,500 to 17,500 women and children are trafficked into this country each year.

Globally:

UNICEF reports that across the world, there are over one million children entering the sex trade every year and that approximately 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years.

The U.S. Department of State estimates that about 600,000 to 800,000 people – mostly women and children – are trafficked across national borders annually. [NOTE: This estimate does not include those trafficked within national borders.]

Eleven countries score very high as countries of origin for trafficking victims.
These countries are Belarus, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine (Commonwealth of Independent States), Albania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, China, Thailand, and Nigeria.

In India, more than 2.3 million girls and women are believed to be in the sex industry, and experts believed that more than 200,000 persons were trafficked into, within, or through the country annually.  There are approximately three million trafficking victims in the country, and two thousand rescues a year.  Women’s rights organizations and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) estimate that more than 12,000 and perhaps as many as 50,000 women and children were trafficked into the country annually from neighbouring countries for commercial sexual exploitation.

USA:

From 2001 to 2005, the Civil Rights Division and United States Attorney’s Offices filed 91 trafficking cases, a 405% increase over the number of trafficking cases filed from years 1996 to 2000.  In these cases, Department attorneys charged 248 trafficking defendants, a 210% increase over the previous five years.  In addition, 140 defendants of trafficking related crimes were convicted, a 109% increase over the previous five years.

Demand:

Belgium, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey and the United States are countries ranked “very high” as destination countries of human trafficking.

THOUGHT: When I read the following, I couldn’t believe it…

Prostitution in the Philippines is a de facto legal industry that is now the fourth largest source of gross national product (GNP) for the country. 300,000 sex tourists from Japan alone are believed to visit the Philippines every year.

The sex industry in the Netherlands is estimated to make most $1 billion each year. It is a major Western European destination country for trafficked women with 2,000 brothels and numerous escort services, using an estimated 30,000 women. Also, 68-80% of women in its sex industry are from other countries, a factor highly indicative of sex trafficking.

*Exhales*

I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I decided to write that piece…but when I started doing my research, there were several stories I read that made me think *why have I never known about this before??!*

**Just because we don’t know this stuff is happening, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist**

Human Sexual Trafficking is something that affects women all over the world and it’s remarkable how many of the stories I’ve read involved a member of their families selling girls as young as 9 to these people because they needed the money..

The more I research into this topic…the more I want to make people aware of what’s going on in the world around them..not to make people feel bad…but just to inform…

I wanted my piece to capture the feelings, emotions and life of a young woman, sexually trafficked; but in the process of trying to get to my destination, I’ve found out so much more…
I was reading a blog post by Matthew Watari called “Together We Can…Make a Difference” and he said something that I think was pretty cool…*One person can’t make a marching band, but together…we can* 

I know that my one voice and all my friends voices probably won’t make much of a difference yet…but informing people about what’s going on will help us in our quest to becoming that marching band.


I know that this has been a really long-winded post today…but I felt it was necessary to just put it out there…

I realise this may be a shock…but we can change the world (Rocknations)

x

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
 – Helen Keller

~ by originalapplejunkie on May 7, 2011.

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