My simple share on Blog Action Day 2013…human trafficking violates victim’s right

Alagwa (Breakaway) is currently showing in selected Philippine movie theaters.  The film is one of the best films that tackles a timely social issue – human trafficking.  Robert Lim (Jericho Rosales) is a single parent who struggles to take care his only son, Brian (Bugoy Carino). Unfortunately, the little boy went missing after their mall visit. It was found out that someone took his son. Many years past and the father struggled to find the son.

According to Wikipedia, human trafficking is ” the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud…receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.

Furthermore, this exploitation maybe in the form of sexual exploitation, forced labor or slavery, or even removal of organs.  Thus, human trafficking is considered as a crime against the individual or person because of its violates the victim’s rights through the above-mentioned forms of exploitation. In addition, the statistics show that a “significant minority (35 percent) of trafficked persons were less than 18 years old of age in 2011 and it was reported that Brazil and Thailand were reported to have the worst child sex trafficking records” (Wikipedia, 2013).

How can we address this pressing social issue especially in developing countries?  Aside from organizing international institutions and creating several treaties and policies,  we can be help in raising the awareness of the potential victims, the enforcers such as police and immigration officials, social workers, or even us as ordinary citizens through various media such as tv programs, films, posters/ads, blogs, social networking and other online communications. Just sharing this type of film and joining a worldwide initiative such as Blog Action Day could make a difference in fighting against human violations…

~ by reymos on October 16, 2013.

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