La liberté s'allume dans les ténèbres. – Nicolas Berdiaev

Links on HT/ST

These are some important links that I have collected over my travels of the internet. I’ve divided them up into categories to make it a little easier to see.

If you come across a website you think I would be interested in, please leave a comment with the URL.

Thanks!

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I think before checking out any of the links listed below, the first thing you need to do is read the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It can be found here. Many of us tend to gloss over it. Many of us have not even read it. Which is sad, because we need to know what our rights are, not just for ourselves, but also for others – so that we can identify what is a Human Rights Violation. And believe me, Sex Trafficking IS a Human Rights Violation. And a Crime Against Humanity.

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INFORMATION ON HUMAN/SEX TRAFFICKING:

Wikipedia: Human Trafficking

HumanTrafficking.org: A web resource for combating human trafficking

ChildTrafficking.com: Digital Library

Interpol: Trafficking in Human Beings

Interpol: Sexual Offenses against Children Legislation in Interpol Member Countries

Interpol: International Conventions on Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children

UNODC: Human Trafficking & Migrant Smuggling

UNODC’s Blue Heart Campaign

VIDEOS ABOUT HUMAN/SEX TRAFFICKING (ON YOUTUBE):

Sunitha Krishnan’s TED Talk (2009)
In this TEDtalk from India, Dr. Sunitha Krishnan delivers a powerful, heartfelt message about sex trafficking in India.

Sex Slaves (2005)
In this 6 part documentary, Frontline follows the journey of young women who are trafficked from Eastern Europe into Turkey for the purposes of sexual slavery. Also documents one man’s desperate attempt to find and get his wife, who has been sold, back.

The day my God died (2009)
In an unforgettable and heart-wrenching documentary, PBS takes a look at the child sex slave trade in Bombay, India. Which in the words of Matthew Friedman (Author & Trafficking Expert – Asia, Health Technical Adviser, CEDPA), is “the WORST Human Rights Violation”.

Stolen Innocence (2002)
Another sex exploitation and trafficking documentary, done in 2002 by a company called Journeyman Pictures. Takes a long, hard look at the growing sex trade in Cambodia among children. Also takes a look at the Pierre Guynot trial that took place in Southern Cambodia. A French expat, living in Cambodia, was accused of sexually brutalizing 10 children (boys). In the face of overwhelming testimony and evidence, he was declared NOT GUILTY and FREED. It is the general opinion of Cambodians that his verdict was bought. [WARNING] Parts of this video are graphic –  pictures of some of the boys (that were used in court) from the Guynot trial with padlocks on their genitals are shown.

Child Sex Workers – Nepal (1996)
Heart-breaking video shot in November 1996 about children who are forced into prostitution in Nepal, and then trafficked to Bombay, India. Also deals with the societal morals/values – How these girls are viewed by Nepalese society and their families upon their return.

Pedophiles Paradise – Indonesia (2004)
A 15 year old boy is undergoing hypnosis to help him recover from his experience of rape. He can still hardly walk and the mental wounds may never heal. Worse still, it appears his abuser is part of a much wider pedophile ring. In one leafy suburb a local man points out several homes used for “parties with primary school kids. They use it for selling children.” Increasing poverty is fueling the trade; hotels are forced to turn a blind eye to the sex trade to secure custom. “They need the money so it is easy for pedophiles to operate,” explains nurse Gloria Goodwin. Traditionally, convicted child abusers face only a short spell in jail. But pressure is growing for the courts to take a tougher stance.

Stop the Traffick – Cambodia (2001)
Thirty years of war left Cambodia ravaged and poverty-stricken. Since the end of the brutal Khmer Rouge rule, poverty, corruption and global tourism have all made it particularly vulnerable to the child labor industry. Children are trafficked into cities from rural areas to become sex slaves or sex workers, or trafficked out to comparatively wealthy Thailand to work in Bangkok as beggars, domestic workers, or laborers on construction sites.

Kevin Bales’ TEDtalk (2010).
In this moving yet pragmatic talk, Kevin Bales explains the business of modern slavery, a multi-billion-dollar economy that underpins some of the worst industries on earth. He shares stats and personal stories from his on-the-ground research — and names the price of freeing every slave on earth right now.

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