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The Delhi 14

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 6, 2012

By Gordon Brown, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; UN Special Envoy for Global Education

gordon-brown-1bMalala YousafzaiJust 72 hours ago in the Indian capital of Delhi 14 children were freed from slave labour. They were being held in dark, insanitary conditions and forced to work for up to 15 hours a day making Christmas decorations. Two were just eight years old.

The suffering of these young children, cruelly trafficked into slave labour, is the real Christmas story of 2012. Their plight must become a wake-up call for all concerned about the treatment of vulnerable children around the world. It demands we move immediately to ban all child labor.

The children rescued in Delhi had been beaten and intimidated. Imprisoned in dingy, locked rooms where they were forced to make Christmas goods with no access to light or fresh air. Malnourished and underfed, many had injuries as a result of using glass to make trinkets and because of violent assaults by their gangmasters. All had been sold into slavery and trafficked by middlemen.

The Christmas decorations and seasonal gifts they were making were for export from India to the West. There are near identical items on sale in shops in America and Europe right now.

The courageous morning break-in that freed the children from this slave labor was organized and carried out by Kailash Satyarthi and his co-leaders of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) and Global March Against Child Labour (GMACL). They faced violent resistance by the gangmasters and thugs.

Because the gangmasters had received a tip off that a raid would take place, most of the children had been whisked away from the workshop and 12 were incarcerated in a pitch-black cell no bigger than 6ft by 6ft Read the rest of this entry »

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French minister for women seeks abolition of prostitution in Europe

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 5, 2012

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem who is seeking talks with Theresa May on tackling prostitution and human trafficking. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPANajat Vallaud-Belkacem who is seeking talks with Theresa May on tackling prostitution and human trafficking. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

France’s minister for women is to organise a consultation on ways to abolish prostitution in France and Europe, she has told the Guardian.

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the high profile women’s rights minister and government spokeswoman, said in an interviewthat she would be organising a conference of experts on how to contain the sex-trade and human-trafficking and was seeking to meet the home secretary Theresa May for input from the UK. Read the rest of this entry »

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Human Trafficking Victims: 2.4 Million People Across The Globe Are Trafficked For Labor, Sex

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 4, 2012


Comment: God, terrible figure. Almost 0.01% of total population:

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. crime-fighting office said Tuesday that 2.4 million people across the globe are victims of human trafficking at any one time, and 80 percent of them are being exploited as sexual slaves.

Yuri Fedotov, the head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, told a daylong General Assembly meeting on trafficking that 17 percent are trafficked to perform forced labor, including in homes and sweat shops.

He said $32 billion is being earned every year by unscrupulous criminals running human trafficking networks, and two out of every three victims are women.

Fighting these criminals “is a challenge of extraordinary proportions,” Fedotov said. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Volunteer Trip To Nepal Turns Into A Lifetime Of Service

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 15, 2011

When 29-year-old Conor Grennan decided to move home to the United States after eight years in Europe, he opted to take a year-long detour around the world.

He had no higher aspirations than backpacking, but pressure from a friend prompted him to sign up to volunteer in an orphanage in war-torn Nepal.

Grennan thought his time at the children’s home would be an impressive anecdote, something he could use to win over future first dates. Instead, Grennan uncovered a startling secret that would send him on a path to find fulfillment and family — all in the service of others. Read the rest of this entry »

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