There have been 1 million Bangladeshi and more than 200,000 Burmese women trafficked to Karachi, Pakistan (Indrani Sinha, SANLAAP India, “Paper on Globalization & Human Rights”).
Karachi: Around 1,109 women were killed in 2012 and 736 in 2011, said the president of Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid, Zia Awan.
He also condemned the increasing number of threats faced by women in Pakistan on the occasion of the International Day of Social Justice on Thursday.
Awan, who was quoting the figures collected by Madadgaar National Helpline, explained that women are subjected to abuse in Pakistan due to the feudal and patriarchal mind set of the society and lack of education.
We see gender inequality being practiced everywhere, in homes, workplaces, and in the legal system, he lamented.
“The increase in the number of women being murdered reflects the failure of the legal system to preserve women’s rights,” said Awan. “Non-governmental organisations and law enforcement agencies need to do more to help women facing persecution and to raise awareness about gender-based violence.”
Published in The Express Tribune, February 22nd, 2013.
One solution presented is trying to change attitudes in the society towards trafficking in West-Africa:
Characters in the radio soap opera “Cesiri Tono” (‘All the Rewards of Courage and Hard Work’) serve as role models for audience members to initiate behavior change against child trafficking and exploitation. Written in Bambara, a local dialect in West Africa, the drama was developed and produced after intensive research on the cultural values and attitudes of the people and the official policies and laws of the countries. The research was integrated into the drama’s characters and storylines to make it realistic and believable. This innovative approach builds capacity by using local scriptwriters, actors and producers. The drama is being broadcast via community radio stations throughout the countries of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ivory Coast.
More ideas at: http://www.changemakers.com/competition/humantraffickingAbout
Some try to use art to wake people up:
Like I said, anger took its hold on me on Tuesday. Since then I have been reading, thinking and writing about human trafficking and sexual slavery, because it really upsets me. I`ve read about innocent children being used, while people silently accept it. Those thought might be fertile ground for depression and helplessness, but I want my ground to be receptive to new seeds that might grow into something in the future. For that reason, I don`t let negativity settle, just nutrients like compassion and hope. I also find people who water the seeds with me.
Today I found a wonderful campaign in the heart of were its needed: The thai capital of prostitution.
A grassroot movement of people like you and me, will build a camp, and invite families to come. Both children and parents can attend and they have designed a special program that hopefully will set hearts on fire. Not just by lectures, but also by playing realistic problem-solving games. They will also get sexual education, and information about boundries when it comes to their bodies, since this is almost never talked about normally.
Take a look at the site, because this is something that actually might change attitudes. Attitudes are what binds a society together, and the more people who get new ones, the more likely that changes can happen.
We’re excited to announce next week’s matching gift campaign with One Day’s Wages (ODW); a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. ODW promotes awareness, invites simple giving, and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with smaller organizations in developing regions.
Beginning Monday, May 13th at 9:00AM P.S.T we will be raising funds for The SOLD Project’s Family Camps and Anti-Trafficking Awareness Programs. All donations will be matched up to $2,500.00.
The two-day camp offers parents and their children (primarily teens) the unique
opportunity to discuss points of conflict and collaborate together on solutions in a
supportive environment. Through culturally relevant group activities, families are offered
a structured place to intentionally connect with each other for, as many past participants
noted, the very first time.
Parents and children work together on communicating expectations and responding to
conflict in the Positive Discipline session…
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In the book I am reading, I have come to the people behind the problem of trafficking. What scares me is how much they earn by using other people, and not giving them profit in return, and their close connection to politics. Examples are the Yakuza in Japan, and politicians in Pakistan.
Slaves are forced to work for their “master” or “owner” and cannot get free. Sexual slaves are forced to work as prostitutes. The masters or pimps use violence, threats, blackmail and other methods to reduce the woman’s self worth and self esteem until eventually she will not try to escape because of fear or mental trauma. Sexual slavery is a way for a man to make a lot of money and to feel powerful. Society rewards people with power and wealth so unfortunately sexual slavery may continue until society values caring and sharing above all else. Women are trying to alter men’s attitudes towards violence and abuse of power and this is gradually having an effect. There are now shelters for abused women and heavier fines for pimps but there is a very long way to go yet.
Vulnerable people, usually poor, are deceived or forced into working abroad with promises of a better life. When they get there their passports are taken off them, they are forced to work behind locked doors and beaten or starved if they refuse. Sometimes they are killed and the threat of murder is always there. Their “masters” or “owners” make money by forcing them to work in sweatshops, dangerous jobs or as prostitutes. If the victim manages to get to the police, she is often not helped because she has no documents or the crime is not taken seriously. Because she is likely to be deported to her own country where she will probably be murdered, she doesn’t usually try to contact the authorities and so human trafficking continues to grow.
Women and girls are at particular risk of becoming victims of trafficking due to diverse factors, such as the high global prevalence of violence and discrimination against women; unequal access to education and the consequent lack of good employment opportunities which may render women more susceptible to false promises of work abroad; the lack of legal channels of entry for unskilled workers; and sex-selective migration policies.
The ILO estimates that women and girls represent the largest share of forced labor victims with 11.4 million victims (55%), compared to 9.5 million (45%) men and boys. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that 500,000 women are trafficked into prostitution each year.
on this side (on the bottom) you find small but important things you can do, like spreading information and signing petitions.
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The last weeks I have read, thought about and reacted on a theme I know want to dedicate extra attention to.
The theme is sexual slavery through trafficking. I have already put forward some thought in my last post, but there is still so much more I want to write about.
This post is dedicated to a video about one of the darkest phenomena: Boys and sexual slavery. The scene is Afghanistan. This video was one I found on the internet, so I cannot guarantee for the truth in it, just show where the signs are pointing. If you find faults, feel free to comment. If you have more information about this important theme, feel free to share.