Human trafficking isn’t a popular topic. Most of us would prefer to enjoy our comparitively good life than get down and grimy hearing about what goes on in the back rooms of our seediest brothels. Difficult as it may be, it’s important to talk about human trafficking and help others to understand that we all have to do our bit in the fight against it. We don’t have to be full-on about it and there’s no need to traumatise everyone with the gory details but if there’s an opportunity to drop a comment about how common it is or that it’s happening here or to mention a documentary you recently saw (or an awesome blog post you read!!), take the opportunity and allow them to begin processing the fact that human trafficking exists EVERYWHERE.
Both women and men need to know what’s going on, here are a couple of reasons why:
- You know that ‘harmless’ porn they watch? Well it may have been performed by a sex slave – they’re possibly watching rape.
- Men who visit brothels often assume that the women ‘want it’ and that they’re doing the prostitutes a favour by helping them earn an income. They need to understand that girls are trafficked into the sex trade and that they’re actually being raped by clients.
- You know those clothes you buy for your young daughters, the ones that make them look like mini pop stars/super models? The ‘cute’ little bras and lacy panties? They’re helping break down our psychological barriers between children and sex which in turn fuels trafficking of young children into the sex trade.
The A21 Campaign have provided a great excuse to talk about trafficking on the 21st of this month – it’s called Key 2 Free. Next Thursday, wear a key around your neck. A house key, car key, paddle lock key: it really doesn’t matter what type of key (although the stranger it looks the more question you’ll get!) and when people ask you why you’re wearing it, tell them about human trafficking. Tell them about The A21 Campaign and what they’re doing and if possible, direct them to the website (www.theA21Campaign.org) so they can learn more about it. The more educated we become as a society, the greater power we have over this industry.
Learn more about human trafficking so you can tell others: A21 Campaign: The Problem
UPDATE: THE A21 CAMPAIGN HAVE JUST RELEASED KEY 2 FREE NECKLACES. BUY ONE AND SUPPORT THE CAUSE. WEAR IT WITH PRIDE AND SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU CAN EDUCATE ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING.