A place for men in a “woman’s issue”
Trafficking seems to be regulated to the realm of women and select activists. It’s not considered hard politics, sidelined by other issues like the economy and more serious heavy weights of war and peace. In the general social fabric, most will see trafficking as wrong, “there are other issues that need attention and money to NGO’s and other non profits will ease the conscience and my part in the fight is now done” mentality. Let the women and these organizations take care of the rest.
The assumption that this is not as weighty or as important is wrong. You destroy the lives of future generations, you have no future. You take away the childhood of a potential citizen of your country, you are left with damaged and fearful economies based on the exploitation of others. This day in age, slavery is RAMPANT. There are more slaves today than existed over a 100 years ago. And the shocking bit? Totally preventable. Yes, it takes the work of NGO’s and governments and policies and so much more.
But what is MOST important is a change in the paradigm.
Men, and those who USE children and women for their own pleasure. These are the people who can END THIS. By simply saying no. By acknowledging the horror of exploiting a child and never being on the demand side of sex slavery. By passing that knowledge and restraint to future generations.
This is not a time to sit on sidelines. Inform yourself on what is happening. Look closely at what you’re doing and how you are acting. What you say and do affect perceptions and ultimately create what is “acceptable” or not. Do not make the mistake of throwing your vote for slavery by your apathy. Be a man.
Wrote a little piece for an amazing organization called Stop Child Trafficking Now that is doing so much for children caught in the world of trafficking. They are on the war path to end the demand. Take a leaf from their book.
*side note. This is not bitterness. Just saddened but also determined. I hope in reading this something stirs. Not anger, but a call to something better.