Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Theme Thursday: 4 + 2 + 4 = 10?

10? Well, maybe this a loose interpretation on the theme today, but bear with me...

What were the things you were concerned with when you were 10? Let me put it into perspective, you were probably in the Fourth grade. If you are having a hard time coming up with something, I did too. I remember Kevin falling down in class and his finger going into the light socket. I remember, in science class, scraping cells off my cheek. I remember seeing Return of the Jedi.

Now imagine at 10 or 12 thinking about how you will support your family. Your brother brought honor to the family by donning the saffron robe, but that did not help your family to eat. It did not provide a roof over their heads. One day you are told you are being sent to work for an "uncle", only to find that it was a bar for men to find their pleasure. Then realising if your family wanted to survive, you had to comply and give up the last thing you have left to give, your body and your dignity. Imagine the desperation it would take to "willingly" step into this lifestyle, as the only hope for you or your family.

"The internal traffic of Thai females consists mostly of 12-16 year olds from hill tribes of the North/ NorthEast. Most of the internally trafficked girls are sent to closed brothels, which operate under prison-like conditions." (CATW - Asia Pacific, Trafficking in Women and Prostitution in the Asia Pacific)

The sickness felt as I write this, is nothing compared to the hopelessness they feel. My heart screams at the injustice, as the tears roll silently down my cheek. 4...2...4...numbers that signify freedom. To have a girl for an evening is $24, so freedom 4 (for) 24 hours is bought by paying the "bar fee".

There are groups that are trying to do something about this, to provide a ray of hope and freedom. Freedom424 raises awareness and funds, they send to Beginnings. The employees at Beginnings go into the bars, purchase this night of freedom, and then tell the girls about alternative means of survival and opportunities for life that they could never have imagined. Education. Employment. Health care.

4...2...4...is a whole lot more than 10.

35 comments:

Colette Amelia said...

thank you for highlighting this most important issue. It is truly dispicable the things we humans do to eachother.

Mariane said...

I started by smiling, when you asked us to remember when we were 10. Then, I totally lost my good feeling when I understood you're topic. But I'm so glad that you brought it. It's awfull just thinking about it. Then, realizing that I can not do that much. And then realizing that there are people who know, and the most disgusting thing is the one that know and don't find this disturbing. But then, they are people who knows and try to do something. Like you, today. Thank you so much.

The Clever Pup said...

How awful.

Lives are being ruined and for what...an insignificant physical release. The mind boggles. There's a lot of wickedness in the world. I just commented at Willow's that 10 was the last age with no worries. Mine pale in comparison.

Megan said...

Oh, Brian. Indeed that is more than ten.

Leah said...

This is something I think about, worry about. Thanks for posting it.

Dakota Bear said...

Most of us live great lives, but how many think about the the lives of others and about the topic of child trafficking. Thank you for bringing a sobering thought to the forefront.

Ronda Laveen said...

I did not know of this organization that helps. Thanks for the link. Not much of a life or childhood for those young beings. And you are right, how desperate is the situation when thy go willingly to sacrafice themselves for the good of others.

Bless you for being a beacon of awareness!!

Mrsupole said...

Maybe I watch too much news, but so many similar stories in all those countries that are poor, children forced to work for pennies a day, parents selling their children into servitude. Things that go on in this country too. Some families bring the children they buy over to this country and they hide them from our society. I had to quit watching Dateline because I was getting too depressed. Sick, sick people out there. And I think things are going to get worse as current problems in the world increase.

Praying that these people are caught is something we all can do. Exposing them is also important.

Thank you for posting about this.

God bless.

Marianna said...

Bravo Brian for posting this...

it is true that horrible exploitation of children happens in many parts of our world. It is our duty to try and help these children every way we can...try to save their childhood, their dreams and their own self...

Thank you and happy Theme Thursday
peace
xoxo

Candie Bracci said...

Brian,that was a great post you've done here and thank you for posting it.
Thank you for them.

tut-tut said...

Thanks for the link; I didn't know there was such an organization. You certainly put much thought into this today, Brian.

Wings said...

Wow. That is horrible. I cannot even imagine what they must go through day in and day out.

Thank you for a very illuminating post.

subtorp77 said...

I've seen reports of this. It's bloody horrifying! Very aware post. And good to see something is being done about this.

VE said...

Very sad. I've actually been to Bangkok and that industry is all shady and backdoor. You don't see it really as a tourist unless you go looking for it. On the flip side is Amsterdam where the red light district is a tourist destination and condoned (well not kids of course) and unionized, etc. I don't understand how these kind of autrocities still exist in society in this day and age...

Tristan and Crikey said...

Thank you for this post, Brian. This is something that really rips at our Mama's heart. We'll tell her to read about the Freedom424 project.
Pee Ess: We didn't have our Theme Thursday photo up when you visited our bloggie. Please visit again to check it out:) ~Tristan and Crikey

tony said...

A woman is often powerless.A female child doubly so.Being from A "3rd World Country" triples this powerlessness..........Thanks for the link .

Squirrel said...

I did see a documentary where a couple of girls were eventually saved by a man traveling through ... it was a fluke, but he risked a lot to get the girls out of the hell they were living in, and they had to trust him-- another male stranger to get free. It isn't something that men or women can safely or easily do, go in and rescue. It takes a lot of courage and some lucky breaks since it's all very hidden.

Michael Rawluk said...

I am constantly shocked by the depravity of humans. Thanks for this.

willow said...

Thought provoking post, Brian. Makes my childhood seem not so bad. Thanks for bringing this important issue to light.

VK said...

Now I've added reason #51,543 as to why I detest my species.

Tom said...

sad...very thoughtful post.

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Thank you for highlighting this desperate social problem. I had not heard of it. It is a truly despicable act.

Brian Miller said...

glad the post has provoked some thought. my intent was to shed some light on something that goes on right under our noses. we can get angry at those that perpetrate it, or wee can love those trapped enough to do something about it.

@squirrel - read a great book called "Sold" last year that tells the fictional story of one such girl and her rescue. It's in the young adult section actually. very heartwrenchingly interesting.

Roy said...

I knew about the trafficking, but I didn't know about the organization fighting it. thanks for posting thism Brian.

Dot-Com said...

It all adds up, doesn't it.

lettuce said...

so many people live such unspeakable lives
and we whinge and worry over such little things

thankyou for this post and the link

Cinnamon said...

Like Mariane, I started to think of those times of innocence, so when the subject of your post became clear it was even more horrifying. Well done Brian.

Jaime said...

wow. it's so sad what people do to each other.

Brad said...

great post brian, too many times we are blind to crazy things happening outside our box.

Evening Light Writer said...

Our society sucks on so many levels..we really fail at protecting our children and their innocence. Thank you for this post on awareness, you made Theme Thursday powerful.

Baino said...

Wow Brian. Just doing the rounds now and this one's sobering but very poignant and a good point. This is one of a few organisations that are trying to get these kids alternative employment. It's a tough call when you're poor and selling sex is so 'easy' on the surface. The saddest thing? So many of their clients are westerners.

Kris said...

A good one. We should be ever vigilant to hold those that drive this industry to account.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

very important post. thanks for posting this...

Betty said...

Good post. So much easier to try to ignore the awful things which happen to those unable to defend themselves.
Thanks for posting that.

Films.... said...

Hi! Brian Miller,
What a very important issue, to bring to your readers and my attention.
I know these are just words, and the next important step(s) is/are to be of assistance.

Thanks, for sharing and "shining a light" on these "dark and troubling deeds" that are inflicted on those who are unable to help themselves.
Deedee