International Interdisciplinary Seminar on Human Trafficking and Exploitation of Children (Kerala, India)
Busy 1st week! Kicked off with the International Interdisciplinary Seminar on Human Trafficking and Exploitation of Children at the Department of Law, University of Kerala, India. Outstanding job by Dr. K.C. Sunny (Professor and Head of the Department of Law) on pulling together a great program. Wonderful to see action and focus on the topic and encouraging discussion on new ideas and best practices as to what can be done to address it. Great attendance by Professors/Scholars and Government Officials.
Very good introduction by Honorable Justice P. Sathasivam (Governor of Kerala) and excellent key address by Honorable (Dr.) Justice B.S. Chauhan (Former Judge Supreme Court of India) noting that child pornography and child sex tourism is growing in India. The demand for children in brothels has gone down from 14-16 yrs of age to an outstanding 10-14 yrs on average; with 12 year olds "yielding the highest price". He adds that although Human Trafficking laws may exist, its enforceability depends on the acceptance by society as a whole.
Dr. Roza Pati from St.Thomas University, School of Law/Intercultural Human Rights program summed it up perfectly in her key presentation on Human Trafficking as Modern Slavery: human trafficking attacks human dignity at its very core.
What are the laws like in your district, state, country? Are they being enforced? Is everyday culture overlooking or accepting certain practices that deep inside we know are not right and enabling human trafficking?
As human beings -- we should thrive to create a culture that seeks to protect the dignity, innocence and rights of a chid to thrive in any society. We all play a part.
"You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know."
A New Journey Begins
Couldn't think of a better month and specifically a day to be packing and ready to kick off my trip to India. #HumanTraffickingAwarnessDay. My backpack, passport, camera and passion for my fellow human beings are fired up. And so the journey unfolds...