Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Human Trafficking Seminar

Is there a more sobering topic? The presenter, Anuradha Koirala, is one of the top ten recipients of the CNN Heroes Award for 2010. The statistics are staggering; the girls' stories are devastating. The damage is unbelievable. I didn't realize how many of the girls are actually sold by people they know -not their families. The families are told that the girls will be trained and given a job. The families are given the first year's salary. They are told their daughters will be well-cared for. Other girls are enticed by a family friends or someone they know. They are given a Pepsi or something to eat. The next thing they know, they are in a brothel.
Anuradha showed a film where some of the rescued girls shared their stories. Several of these are working hard to rescue girls from the brothels where they them selves had been held.
Anuradha sat down by me for a few minutes. I have so much admiration for the work she is doing. I think of the girls I am working with now. They are at risk for trafficking. Recently, one of the little girls was snatched. She screamed so much that others were able to get her back. The girls know they must always walk to and from the center in groups.
No one wants to acknowledge just how great the problem is. I hope you will watch the clips from the CNN program and some of the many clips available on YouTube. Only by being informed can we find ways that we can take a stand and do our part to put an end to human trafficking.

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