I know that’s a pretty obvious statement but I’ve to admit, prior to attending the event organised by Project Liber8 recently known as White Noise, I didn’t put much thought into it.
Based on my understanding, human trafficking involves the selling and buying of humans, forcing them into activities, and exploiting them against their will. I was shocked, baffled and heartbroken to find out that the average price of a human being is 90 dollars and that there are over 20 million victims of human trafficking in the world today. Knowing those facts alone brought me to tears.
Aside from learning that not only women and children are victims of human trafficking, men also make up a high percentage and the majority of them are being trafficked for reasons that go beyond sex trades. Cheap or rather free labour, which brings me to my next few questions. Do we ever question who makes the clothes we wear, or fishes for the seafood we eat, or sources for the cocoa in the chocolates that we induldge in? The answer is never (for me, at least). Until now.
Truth is, I don’t even know where or how to begin investigating. As a consumer, I can only stop supporting brands that have been linked to using child or forced labour. At the end of the day, it boils down to greed. Demand and supply. Every cent you make or spend is at the cost of someone’s freedom. I believe that no human being should be stripped off his or her basic right to choose.
One line that really resonated in me during the event was this: “The more you know, the more you see”. It’s time we stop being ignorant and unite against human trafficking. Spread the word and if you suspect of any human trafficking activities in your area, call 999. My words may not leave much impact on you but I sure hope this video will.