DR Welcomes Bold Call From UN To End Human Trafficking
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At a high-level UN meeting this week UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres made perhaps his boldest statement to date in the fight against human trafficking; a statement that will hopefully have far-reaching and profound implications.
“Now is the time to stand together and stamp out this abominable practice.”
The sentiment behind those words have been the battle cry of abolitionists for decades – indeed it has been ours for the past 16 years – so now we hope and pray more than ever before that the UN Global Plan of Action – a commitment to end the scourge of human trafficking – will be adopted and implemented without delay.
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It’s hard to accept that human trafficking and slavery still exists in our modern world, especially by those who don’t have a first-hand experience of the poverty, corruption and greed that feeds the existence of slavery.
It’s an uncomfortable truth many in our own society do not wish to be confronted by or think about, but we are talking about 40.3 million people! Yes, you read right, an estimated 40.3 million people were victims of modern slavery in 2016, according to newly released figures by UN’s International Labour Organisation. The reasons for the prevalence of this evil are varied and many, but Mr Guterres pointed to rising conflict, insecurity and economic uncertainty as contributing factors.
“As millions of children, women and men spill out of their countries towards safety, they find themselves at the mercy of merciless people,” he added.
A human trafficking survivor shared her testimony at the UN Member States meeting; it was a powerful moment where decision makers at the highest level got to see the flesh and bones, and hear the voice of one of the more than 40 million they’ve pledged to help. You can listen to the podcast in full.
Did you listen to it? How moving was that? Surely we all agree that this has got to stop and be stamped out once and for all!
While the issue is monumental, it can be tackled one person at a time, one industry at a time. A lucrative segment of the human trafficking industry is the trafficking of children into sexual slavery, and this is where we come in. Seventeen years ago our Founder and International President Tony Kirwan could not cope with what he witnessed first-hand, seeing innocent children being sold for as little as a couple of hundred dollars – the average cost of a trafficked human life is $90 – children without a voice or any kind of power to defend themselves. Thus, Destiny Rescue came into being and we have been fighting to free children ever since.
Destiny Rescue plays a big part in funding the rescue and restoration of children who have fallen into the hands of criminals who deal in human trafficking. These criminals wear many faces: from highly organised syndicates to a child’s own relatives, with whom they should have felt safe and protected. But let’s not forget that it’s also us Westerners who help to feed the demand that keeps this industry alive and well – Westerners who travel to these places to abuse these children, or help fuel the industry by watching online pornography and webcams.
What can and what will you do to be part of the solution? One way is to share this blog and help spread awareness. You can also support those who are already on the fight against human trafficking on your behalf, donations and sponsorships enable us to change live.
Please, please be part of the solution. Stand with us. Fight with us. Do something.
For more information about our fight against human trafficking, specifically child exploitation, please explore the rest of this site.
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By Maike Thiessen
Destiny Rescue Australia
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