There is the need for greater support for women and girls who become victims of human trafficking. More need to be done to eradicate sex trafficking and sex slavery of our women and girls. There is the need for greater awareness. If you suspect that a woman or girl is at risk say something. These vulnerable women and girls must be protected.
People who engage in acts of sex trafficking and holding women as sex slaves should face harsh punishment. We must protect or girls and women and give them a voice. If you suspect that someone is the victim of human trafficking call the Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888
One of the most important step in empowering women is educating girls. It is imperative that they are given the chance to receive a good education. In some countries across the world millions of girls are denied the chance of getting an education. Many are forced into child labor and child marriages where they endure a life of servitude. This impact negatively on the quality of life for the girls involved.
Girls who are denied an education become women who are ill-equipped for the job market. They are denied the chance of equal opportunity in the workplace and are more likely to live a life of poverty.
We are living in modern times where we do not expect certain things to happen but today as we speak we have millions of women and girls who have been forced into the sex slave industry. At present it is one of the fastest growing industry globally. Young girls are at risk, vulnerable young women are at risk.
I urge women to talk to their teenage daughters about the threat of sex slavery. Young women I want you to be aware that you need to be careful about those with whom you associate because it could be that very person who befriend you who is paving the way for you to become a sex slave. Knowledge is key so be aware that the evil of sex slavery is on the rise.
The following poem is a tribute to all the girls around the world who still have to endure the horror of breast ironing.
Punished for Being Beautiful
She is beautiful and she is so afraid,
In a perfect world her beauty would be a blessing,
But in her world it is something of a curse.
Boys will look at her,
Men will lust after her,
And for this she is punished.
Hot, searing iron is thrust into her breasts,
Her womanhood has to be disguised,
She is told It is for her own protection.
She carries the horror of this torture in her heart,
She wonders who will protect her,
From the pain of the hot iron being thrust into her breasts.
Who will protect her from the psychological scars
And from the physical pain,
Who will protect her from the distress
When she looks in the mirror and sees
Her scarred disfigured breasts.
She cries silently into her pillow
And she wonders is her pain will ever end.
We must empower girls and choose carefully the words we say to them. Stop telling little girls that they are sexy. Stop planting that seed in their minds that the greatest attribute of a woman is to be sexy. Tell them that they are beautiful, intelligent, royal, strong, graceful, elegant and most of all important. Tell them that they are worthy of being loved, respected and peotected. Tell them that their self worth and high self-esteem is important. Tell them that they are more precious than diamond and gold, tell them that they are priceless.
This story is so heart wrenching and barbaric it makes you sick to the stomach. On Wednesday May 28, the bodies of two girls age fourteen and fifteen were found hanging from a tree hour after they went missing. The girls had gone into the field to relieve themselves because they had no toilet.
Reports say the father went to the local police station to report them missing but was ignored. Interestingly two police officers were among those arrested in connection with the deaths.
Autopsies carried out on the girls found evidence that they were raped and strangled before they were hung.
India is a place where no woman is safe. A rape occurs every 22 minutes and activists believe this number is low as many of the cases go unreported. Rape is tolerated and accepted as a part of the culture and the victims are often ostracized.
The women of India need outside intervention to pressure the government to do more to protect the women. They are helpless and defenseless because the very people employed to protect are themselves carrying out some of these atrocities.