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A World Without Slavery: The Polaris Project

I literally stumbled on a site today I had not heard of, The Polaris Project.

Polaris Project is committed to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery, and to strengthening the anti-trafficking movement through a comprehensive approach.

The project was started by Katherine Chon and Derek Ellerman. They were still attending Brown University when they decided to start the project. Their casual conversations with friends, family and university professors convinced them that while many were well educated about the history of slavery, they were totally unaware of how pervasiveness of modern-day slavery.

They wondered, “What could two seniors getting their undergraduate degrees really do to make a difference on this issue?”

You can read more about their quest for a world without slavery here.

Polaris Project For A World Without Slavery

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Vote To Fight Slavery

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Funds Needed For Cambodia

My wife received this email on Thursday:

Hey Rocky,

Just checking in to see how things are going? We have a project in October that you may have some good leads on. I know you do work around child slavery and the sex trade- we will be working with hundreds of children in Cambodia and do need assistance in trying to raise funds. I thought you might know of a good lead or two. Here is an overview that I will send out in the next day or two …

Hope you are well,

Eric

Mothers Fighting For Others is trying to assist with raising the funds. To find out more, click here: $1 Can Help Over 3000 Children Today.

Support The Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2007

Little Indian recommend a site asking for a national call in to support The Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2007.

The day for that call has passed, but it is not too late to extend your support. Washington Watch states the latest major action was 4/24/2007. The full text of the Act (S. 1175) can be found here. The bill’s goal: “To end the use of child soldiers in hostilities around the world, and for other purposes.”

Here are a few excerpts of the congressional findings that prompted this bill.

    Congress makes the following findings:
    (1) According to the September 7, 2005, report to the General Assembly of the United Nations by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, `In the last decade, two million children have been killed in situations of armed conflict, while six million children have been permanently disabled or injured. Over 250,000 children continue to be exploited as child soldiers and tens of thousands of girls are being subjected to rape and other forms of sexual violence.’.
    (2) According to the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO), Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, `The Child Soldier Phenomenon has become a post-Cold War epidemic that has proliferated to every continent with the exception of Antarctica and Australia.’.
    (3) Many of the children currently serving in armed forces or paramilitaries were forcibly conscripted through kidnapping or coercion, a form of human trafficking, while others joined military units due to economic necessity, to avenge the loss of a family member, or for their own personal safety.
    (4) Some military and militia commanders force child soldiers to commit gruesome acts of ritual killings or torture, including acts of violence against other children.
    (5) Many female child soldiers face the additional psychological and physical horrors of rape and sexual abuse, enslavement for sexual purposes by militia commanders, and severe social stigma should they return home.

This bill would limit US military financing, training and arms transfers to governments that are involved in the recruitment and use of child soldiers. I don’t care what side of the political table you’re on, the use of child soldiers is not a republican or democrat issue. It’s a common sense human rights issue. Call your congressman in support of this bill.

Find your senators’ phone numbers at: www.senate.gov

Senators who have already co-sponsored the bill (as of July 2, 2007):
Bingaman (D-NM), Boxer (D-CA), Brownback (R-KS), Casey (D-PA), Coburn (R-OK), Cochran (R-MS), Durbin (D-IL), Feingold (D-WI), Feinstein (D-CA), Johnson (D-SD), Kerry (D-MA), Menendez (D-NJ), Mikulski (D-MD), Reed (D-RI), Roberts (R-KS), Snow (R-ME).

Fish Bowl-A Poem

~for the young ones in Thailand
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(The glass room that the women sit behind in these brothels is sometimes called the ‘fish bowl’, where the men can sit and look at them and choose the one he wants to buy)

Through the thick clouds, tainted smoke
Pink vinyl on the seats
On the left sat Mama San
With ladies at her feet

Mr. X leaned in to hear her deal,
“4000 baht,” she crooned.
“Which girl you like?” she asked the man,
“You take in short-time room”.

And so the man withdrew his line,
he threw a heaving cast-
to grab a hold of some young thing,
to get him off real fast.

Her hair was thick, as black as night;
her frame a wee bit small.
Her face was turned towards the set;
her back against the wall.

He cast his net and reeled her in,
a toy with which he would play.
It mattered not her circumstance,
It mattered not her day.

He did not think on how she’d knelt
one hundred times already,
if she were tired, or she were sore,
as long as she was pretty.

Down the hall he followed her,
the girl with Mr. X.
He asked her for the soapie,
which meant he want the sex.

He’d paid her for the hour long,
and not a minute more.
Later on he’d a wife to meet,
and she was just a whore.

A good one though he would admit,
Mama San said she was her best-
better than the last one for sure
even if she’d had small breasts.

Nonetheless, this fisherman,
more skilled now at his game.
never gave another thought
to even ask her name.

Out the door and on his way,
his life feigned normalcy;
and from that day he never thought
of the girl who was Sumalee.

©07 KR

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Child Rights Information Network

This organization was brought to my attention today. I’ve not had a chance to go through their entire site yet, but the Convention on the Rights of the Child is dedicated to the idea that children, anyone under 18, are born with basic freedoms the inherent rights of all human beings. I agree.

The Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) is a global network that disseminates information about the Convention on the Rights of the Child and child rights amongst non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, inter-governmental organisation (IGOs), educational institutions, and other child rights experts. The Coordinating Unit is based in London, UK.

The network is supported, and receives funding from Save the children Sweden, Save the Children UK, UNICEF, Plan International, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and World Vision International. Project funding is also received from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Thailand for Children, Disneyland for Pedophiles?

Thailand is currently called “Disneyland for pedophiles” and has up to 600,000 AIDS cases and a huge sex-for-sale industry, driven mostly by European and American tourists who come to rent what they want. It is estimated that the number of prostitutes in Thailand ranges from 800,000 to 2 million. Among which 20% of Thailand Prostitutes are 18 or younger.(“Disneyland for Pedophiles”)
Why is this multi million dollar industry still functioning?”

As you can see, even though it is against the law in Thailand for persons to engage in sexual relations with anyone under the age of 15, it is still happening. Young women in Thailand are still being sold into sexual slavery by their parents, and Europeans and Westerners alike are all aiding the demand for this service. Read more about the violation of these young girls here.

Free The Children

I stumbled on another great website today, Free The Children.

Free The Children is a truly unique charity. Unlike most charitable organizations, it is driven and funded by kids. Free The Children Logo“Our mission is to free young people from the idea that they are powerless to bring about positive social change, and encourage them to act now to improve the lives of young people everywhere.”

Craig Kielburger founded the organization at the ripe old age of 12. He was so impacted by the story of a boy sold into slavery for $16 that he was driven to action.

“When Craig was 12, he was shocked to learn about the murder of a child labourer-turned-child rights activist. Eager to take action, he established Free The Children to help free children from poverty, exploitation and powerlessness. The organization began as a small group of classmates and quickly evolved into an international phenomenon.”

He is now 23 years old. And his organization has With the help of organizations like Oprah’s Angel Network, they’ve been able to build over 450 schools. It’s a truly amazing story.

The beginning of my journey.

I was asked by the hosts of this site to be a guest author. I have to tell you that I was absolutely honored.

The easiest way to describe my desire to support humanitarian causes is simple. It came down to following the examples of people who have already made the sacrifice. The act of being selfless. The act of empathy.

Human is human.

Strip away the material things… and what kind of person would I be?

I think I know… but now it’s time to prove it.

My contributions to this site will be from the ground up. I am armed with nothing but my ability to learn, and the desire to teach. I have no great insight to the world beyond my own doors, but starting today my world is going to change.

I believe that sharing my journey, and the insight I acquire may be the most generous contribution I can make to any humanitarian cause. I hope to teach the world that a “common” housewife, and mother of 4, can make a difference in the life of another person.

If my efforts can make a difference in just one person’s life… well then, this journey is more than worth it.

Please join me in the posts to come. I hope to inspire you, and cause you to act. I hope to stir a reaction from deep within your soul, that causes you to make a difference in the life of another human being.

My journey starts today.

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