29 June 2010

Traffick 120 - Powerlessness [UPDATE]

Question: What if a trafficked person consents, do you still call it human trafficking?

Yes. Its still trafficking because the [consent] of trafficked victims becomes irrelevant. When the means of trafficking (example: coercion, luring, debt bondage etc) are used on most of these victims, they feel powerless.

But the important thing to remember is we have the power to stop this crime, or ignore it and allow it to grow.

Modern day slavery can be stopped, its just a matter of time. Victims are going to get rescued. They will be freed, they will be rehabilitated and they will heal. This will happen with or without you.

But wouldn't it feel good to help?

"Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral." - Paulo Freire