Child Soldiers


Somalian boy soldier

Somalian boy soldier

Enacted in 2008, the Child Soldier Protection Act refers to any one who takes part in a war under 18 years of age. It is illegal to recruit or use a child for active duty, or in a support role such as porter, cook. medic, guard or sex slave. Compulsory recruitment of children into an army happens in almost every country experiencing social unrest or out and out war.

It is hard enough for men and women who choose to participate in a war to go and fight. Fighting and killing other human beings is horrible, but for children ten years old or sixteen years old it can completely ruin them for a meaningful civilian life. Since most child soldiers are sold to armies, they may end up fighting wars for the rest of their lives. They will have no choice in the matter since they are slaves.

Child Soldiers are forced to fight--to kill or to die.

Child Soldiers are forced to fight–to kill or to die.

To really understand what this means, look at your children and try to imagine someone taking them away from you and forcing them into an army to fight and kill, or to be a sex slave  and to know that their humanity is never again taken into account. They are battlefield fodder.

The Coalition to protect children from being sold to armies and/or governments.

The Coalition to protect children from being sold to armies and/or governments.

I would like to refer readers to two books on the subject of human trafficking. One is Globalization, Prostitution and Sex Trafficking  by Elina Penttinen and the other is To Live and Tell by Francis Duworko.

Traffickers use fronts or legitimate business such as salons, massage parlors, nail salons. They often use promises of jobs and a better life here in the USA. They arrive here and are coerced into servitude/slavery. If you meet someone who seems to be at risk, please call 1-888-3737-888. This is an important way to fight modern slavery for men, women or children.

Save the childhood of a precious little one. Call 7-888-3737-888 if you suspect a human adult or child has been sold and held in slavery.

Save the childhood of a precious little one. Call 1-888-3737-888 if you think a man, woman or child has been sold and held in slavery.

It is sad that these are things we have to discuss. They aren’t pleasant. They aren’t easily changed. They can be upsetting and depressing. But think about the twenty seven million slaves worldwide and what they are going through and what they feel. To never see family or friends again. To never draw a free breath again. To see a fellow slave murdered because they tried to get out. To be repeatedly raped because you are owned by a sick twisted human being. Please don’t just turn away. Know that we can change slavery in this world. We need to remember we all live here on this one planet, we share one life on this plane of existence, and we are loved by The One.

This little one is a child soldier. Young, yes. Willing, no.

This little one is a child soldier. Young, yes. Willing, no.

Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking


reality of slavery

reality of slavery

 

The reality is that in 21 centuries of recorded history, slavery has been alive and well. It is still destroying families and lives. After gun running and drugs, it is the biggest money maker for those whose hearts are as hard and cold as stone.

 

Who finds themselves in slavery? It can happen to anyone. Following the rules doesn’t matter. You can just be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Slavery or trafficking usually ends the same way…in torture, fear, disease, death. It is the worst thing a human being can do to another human being. This is one of those events on the underbelly of life that we need to allow ourselves to see and to know and then to nurture ourselves after we have seen it. Knowing about slavery and turning away is the same as committing the act. When a child, a woman or a man is bought, if you know you have to do what you can to stop it.

 

The horrific statistics

The horrific statistics

 

Trafficking has a supply side, and it is made up of victims. Most efforts go into maintaining this lucrative supply side. We need to look at victims and realize they are the victims and not criminals. Don’t judge the victims. It is easy to stand and look at someone and say, “I wouldn’t let that happen to me.” Victims felt the same way. If you ever suspect someone is being held in a form of slavery, call the victimization hotline at 888-3737-888. You can also refer someone to social services.

 

Twenty seven million slaves in the world in 2013.

Twenty seven million slaves in the world in 2013.

 

Why is there a demand for human slaves? There are millions of consumers for slaves to perform sex acts or provide labor. The labor no one else wants to do. If you or someone you know has ever forced someone into sex acts or coerced labor, you must stop now. What you are doing is a crime not a living. If you pay for sex with adults or children, stop it now. Stop going to adult book stores now. Stop using your money for voyeuristic shows, phone sex or any type of pornography. Make an effort to do some homework and find out which businesses use slaves and/or children.

 

Support local businesses or local artists, buy from fair trade businesses. If demand drops, it will save the lives of people who haven”t been kidnapped or duped into slavery.

 

A quote

A quote

 

You can use social media to get the word out about slavery. Facebook, MySpace or twitter would be a good place to start. You could also volunteer your services to agencies who directly offer services or money. You can care, and let it matter in your life. Education is very important. Children without an education or a very limited one will be more easily tricked into slavery. As caring human beings, we must oppose all forms of violence against women and children. Do not trivialize the horror and don’t leave it for someone else to take care of. There are millions of souls who are being bought and sold. They are hopeless and helpless. We have to care. They were made by the same Divinity that is within us and it is within them.

 

There is slavery in the twenty first century. We must stop it. We must decrease the demand.

There is slavery in the twenty first century. We must stop it. We must decrease the demand.

 

If you meet someone who is at-risk, help them to get off of the streets. Hire workers and pay them equitably. Even if you just suspect a person might be a victim, call 1-888-3737-888. You may be able to save a life. Social unrest leads to many people and families becoming refugees and often then find themselves in slavery. Because women are considered inferior or second class in almost every country, this leaves them vulnerable to being bought and used. In many countries where the poverty is so severe, children, both women and boys are sold for money to keep the rest of the family alive with food or medications. So, please don’t turn away because this is scary and disgusting and evil. If you know anyone who is at-risk, refer them for assistance. Call the hotline number. Don’t see them as damaged victims. See them as what they really are…children of the Universe.