The word trafficking as I am told scares people. The topic is scary, taboo, and to some yes the word is scary, but it is reality. But trafficking itself could be drug or arms trafficking, but when you say sex trafficking or human slavery now yes that has a chill to it.
There are many people who want to help fix this problem and many write papers, blog posts, do media coverage, volunteer, whatever it is to feel like they are making a difference. I applaud and am grateful for all of the hearts out there who truly want to make a difference and help. What I do not applaud and what actually confuses me is the need for stories, faces, testimonials, and to get survivors to tell their story time and time again to try and get people to care. We love volunteers and people who want to make a difference so please join our fight.
I have read countless autobiographies of slaves, Holocaust survivors, genocide survivors, and stories that contain a struggle and a sense of triumph. I read these stories to understand mindsets and also to inform myself. I think there is a great power in learning of other's struggles to put your own life in perspective and educate society on problems throughout the world they may not see on a daily basis. But i would never dream of asking one of these writers to tell me their story again when I have the ability to find it if I truly want to.
I also understand the idea that if you say animals are suffering it is one thing but if you see a picture of an abused animal then you feel it much deeper and either want to help or turn the channel/flip the page as fast as you can.
But we aren't talking about animals, we are talking about human beings who have complex emotional makeup affecting the way we think, act, process, and recover from trauma. Through counseling and therapy I have received, I truly think there is immeasurable value in being able to talk about your trauma, experiences, and get to a point where they lose their control over you or you become less sensitive to the memories. But if all you're doing is talking about the trauma does it truly allow you to move on? Do the constant reminders make it to where you have to stay in that place? I'm not a psychologist and I don't know if there is a concrete answer for that, but what I do know is it shouldn't take repetitive stories of girls and boys who have been exploited to get people to care and want to do something.
Shame on us for saying well when I see a face, when I see a picture, when I know a person then I might care. Should not the fact that human beings are being sold, abused, raped, tortured, and exploited every second of the day be enough that we are appalled, disgusted, and outraged that we live in a time when slavery should be long gone, but instead our world is inundated with the problem.
Now this comes from my heart and others who have expressed this concern to me about why is it they always want a survivor to use as a dog and pony show to talk about the issue? If the only reason were genuinely they feel that person is an expert on the subject matter based on their expeiernce that is one thing, but when it is for self-gain and promotion we must address this. When media asks for an interview they want to create the juicest story possible hoping to grab the attention of the viewers. So is this shame on the media for constantly seeking to get girls to talk about their trauma or is it shame on the public that we have created an environment where media feels like they must provide a juicy and detailed story for their viewers to care and take notice?
Students are being exposed to injustices now whether personally or through education. I think creating a society of culturally well-rounded children proves to decrease indifference and truly create change in the coming years, it also is important that for every paper they desire to write on trafficking (or another injustice) to take the feelings in mind of who they're interviewing to not make them feel like their trauma is the highlight of the story.
This blog is not meant to criticize, but rather to make everyone think what drives your motivation to care about causes and injustices in the world? I know personal experiences or experiences that have happened to loved ones makes us drawn to specific issues, but if our grandma had not experienced breast cancer, or our mother a victim of domestic violence, why should we not care just as much? The fact anyone's grandmother passes from breast cancer or mother is affected by domestic violence should be enough for us to say ENOUGH! We do not need a face to care.
On July 17th, the U.S. State Department issued the 2013 Trafficking In Persons Report. Here’s a breakdown of some the highlights from the report:
If this report can teach us anything, it is that slavery is still very much alive and well around the world, and that we should be aware that is a growing problem. We need to take steps to protect everyone, because this is an issue that does not discriminate.
The U.S. State Department ranks countries on a scale of four different tiers, as mandated by the TVPA (Trafficking Victims Protection Act). The rankings are made by taking into account a variety of different factors, such as enactment of laws, punishment for offenders, victim identification, etc.
Tier 1- governments fully comply with TVPA standards
Includes, but not limited to:
Tier 2- government do not fully comply, but are making “efforts” to comply with TVPA standards (separate from this is the “Tier 2 Watchlist”)
Includes, but not limited to:
Tier 3- are not complying with TVPA, and are not making any effort to do so. These countries are subject to penalties.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Central African Republic
- Equatorial Guinea
- Pupa New Guinea
- Saudi Arabia
For more of the countries and for information on Trafficking in general, here is the link to the 2013 TIP Report: http://www.scribd.com/doc/148788611/JTIP-2013-Intro-Section-17June
All We Want Is LOVE aims to end modern day slavery through education and awareness. Our goal is to never hear “I didn’t know,” in regards to human trafficking. We live by two methods educate to eradicate and education to liberation.
Through community education programs and training, the community can better protect themselves from being victimized and has a responsibility to hold those responsible who victimize others. We strive to create a culture that does not criminalize victims and glorify predators.
Our organization also feels that education of youth plays an essential role in ending human trafficking. With a large amount of victims being youth and young children, creating education programs in schools and universities allows students to advocate against this huge injustice while learning to protect oneself against being victimized.
This blog will strive to share experiences and articles to help accomplish our objectives. We invite comments and moderate what is shared to protect our readers.