“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr –
Its heartbreaking isn’t it? The fact that children have to be subjected to such harsh conditions at such a tender age. In recent years, there has been a spike in the number of abduction and child abuse cases filed all around the globe. This should not be taken lightly as criminal organizations are becoming increasingly daring in carrying out their activities in broad daylight involving children. They are mostly abducted from their families and sold off in a different country for a variety of reasons.
The trafficking syndicates that are present in today’s world kidnap not only for the sole purpose of labor and sex, organ harvesting is also being carried out due to the fact that certain human body parts are fetching a high price in the black market. Some have not been found even till today. God knows what have they been through and what they turn out to be when they grow up.
Some people may have a misconception about how this criminal network works. Firstly, they are not limited to just third world countries. Human trafficking is very global and also very, very real. Secondly, females and children may be a major victim to this crime but men have also fallen victim. Some countries have taken the effort to have a Human Trafficking Awareness Month where victims or people who can relate to this crime provide an insight or educate the public on the seriousness of this crime and that being vigilant pays.
Victims of this horrendous crimes are usually exploited by someone whom they trust and this trust leaves them open and vulnerable to such crimes. Children who go through this are usually scarred for life and there’s only two ways how they turn out, either they become a fighter and let the people of the world see for themselves how we are not providing a safe future for our children or there’s the other one, where one becomes scarred mentally for the rest of their lives. They tend to reject normal lifestyles and prefer seclusion.
The quote by Martin Luther King Jr. tells about how our voices matter in making a difference. We should never feel that our voice makes no difference yet the truth is, your voice could be the only chance for a child to have his/her future guaranteed.
Each and every one of us need to stand up for these children. I hope this article gave every one of you a better understanding of trafficking and child abuse. Again, I would like to ask all of you to help my team and I to stand up for this cause. It is not easy being a child in this 21st century and I’m sure we’re all aware. Let’s help them out. Listen to their silent pleas. On behalf of my team, I would like to thank everyone. Also, give yourselves a pat on your backs for standing up for what is right. Thank you.
What is a child’s right? Know them. Demand them. Defend them.
Empower children to secure their rights. Thank you.
Bavaani Priya @ Preemikha
Written Content Manager
The Child Awareness Project