Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I'm a new co-editor on BASI, My name is Peace itimi, and I'm from Nigeria. I'm a College Student and A writer.
*My blog is: http://peaceitimi.blogspot.com.
I checked the Basi Who page and discovered that I'm not just the first Nigerian Contributor but also the First African (What a Privilege I must confess - a Big Thank You to Christine and the BASI Team for having me).
So, I have decided that my post which would be published every 2nd tuesday here would be mostly Based on Social injustice - esp. Child Sexual Abuse and Trafficking - In Africa. Hence, creating more awareness in Africa as well as other continent's.
I really hope you'll enjoy my posts and I look forward to getting Feedback from everyone.
As A Debut, I want to enlighten us on the Definition, exploitation means,and the consequences of Child Abuse and Trafficking.
DEFINITION OF CHILD ABUSE and TRAFFICKING.
· A child - a person under the age of 18;
· Traffic - Recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt, whether by force or not, by a third person or group;
· The third person or group organizes the recruitment and/or these other acts for exploitative purposes;
· Movement may not be a constituent element for trafficking in so far as law enforcement and prosecution is concerned. However, an element of movement within a country or across borders is needed - even if minimal - in order to distinguish trafficking from other forms of slavery and slave-like
practices enumerated in Art 3 (a) of ILO Convention 182, and ensure that trafficking victims separated from their families do get needed assistance;
· EXPLOITATION includes:
•all forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery,
•debt bondage and serfdom and forced or compulsory labour, including forced or compulsory recruitment of children for use in armed conflict [Convention 182, Art. 3(a)];
• the use, procuring or offering of a child for prostitution, for the production of pornography or for pornographic performances [Convention No. 182, Art. 3(b)];
•the use, procuring or offering of a child for illicit activities, in particular for the production and trafficking of drugs as defined in the relevant international treaties [Convention No. 182, Art. 3(c)];
•work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of children (Convention No. 182, Art. 3(d) and Convention No. 138, Art 3);
•work done by children below the minimum age for admission to employment (Convention No. 138, Art. 2 & 7).
· Threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud or deception, or the abuse of power or a position of vulnerability at any point of the recruitment and movement do not need to be present in case of children (other than with adults),
but are nevertheless strong indications of child trafficking.
CONSEQUENCES OF CHILD ABUSE and TRAFFICKING
The growing exploitation of children around the world today is a horrifying fact. The abuse and trafficking of children, in particular, have severe consequences both at individual and community level, undermining the personal development of the children and also bringing serious problems to the entire communities and state security.
•Physical and sexual abuse;
•Rape and other physical assault;
•Physical, sexual and psychological trauma;
•Risk of death and serious diseases;
•Health risks, such as sexually transmitted diseases,
•pelvic inflammatory diseases, hepatitis, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases;
•Spread of the HIV and AIDS epidemic;
•Unwanted pregnancies, forced abortions and abortion- related complications;
•MENTAL and EMOTIONAL Problems, including nightmares, insomnia and suicidal tendencies;
•Alcohol and drug abuse and addictions; and even suicide and murder;
•Illegal status in country of destination;
Prosecution/deportation for trafficking-related offences;
•Stigmatisation upon return.
•Growing influence of criminal organizations;
•Other criminal activities, including money laundering,
•drug trafficking, weapons trade, etc;
•Corruption among the government offices;
•Increase in irregular migration;
•Problems of national security;
•Declining public confidence.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I found this thought provoking video from the anti-human trafficking organization, Hope for Justice, which is based in Manchester, England. I really like how they use media to help people understand how sex trafficking occurs. It is so important to accurately and effectively educate the public on the means to human trafficking. However, it is important to do research to make sure that media conveys accurate portrayal of situations and stories expressed. This means that it is important to make sure organizations are displaying correct statistics and information. I did however, already check up on this video for you, and the story it shares holds true! While I was on the Hope for Justice website I saw that they have an upcoming conference, and so...
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Sunday, August 18, 2013
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"Dance pe chance marle...". "Take a chance on dance...", or how about a chance to dance on the casting couch?
Bollywood, a portmanteau of "Bombay" and America's "Hollywood" to describe the film industry housed in Mumbai. Bollywood is very much characterized by its catchy music, showy dance numbers, overdramatic takes, and complex plots (usually involving romance); a completely different description from that of Hollywood. If you don't believe me see for yourself --> check out the video above.
Yes, my dearies sexual exploitation isn't something for just the common folk, but fortunately for us there is enough proof to supply you with the who, what, when, where, and why.
Also don't think for a second the casting couch only happens to females. A lot of aspiring actors are subject to the vulnerability of wanting to perform and it is easy to be taken advantage of in such a state. Bollywood actor and former model, Aashish Chaudhary (to your left), has experienced it from both sides. As stated on Mediaticks, Chaudhary has been offered many of these indecent proposals and all the while has had wannabe actresses try to hand themselves over on a silver platter. Wouldn't that be considered prostitution? The latter case would be and if Aashish had taken the newcomer's offers it would be sexual exploitation on his part. But when Aashish is given such propositions it is and only sexual exploitation. Prostitution by definition is "when someone willingly uses his or her talent/ability in a base or unworthy way, usually for money". (Definition courtesy of Dictionary.com) As explained in my first article sexual exploitation is when someone in a position of power abuses someone else in a more vulnerable state. Exploitative activity is broadly categorized. Sexual favors can be given in what is a seemingly 'consensual' way in return for a job, money in states of a financial crisis, attention, gifts, and can even follow through to organized crime. For follow up on this visit Barnardo's Children. This information also applies to adults.
For fame, money, or the ability to perform people will do anything. That slight moment of insecurity or realizing your dreams may not come true is haunting. Let's face it being a student in college and not knowing if you will ever find a job is scary. In a way they are all too similar. And it's that state of mind that producers/directors can use as leverage. However, Aashish knew patience was a virtue and stuck to his scruples. He has made it big after starring in Bollywood movies like "Girl Friend", "Dhaamal", and "Shaadi Ka Ladoo".
For a real exposé and details about the life surrounding the struggle for stardom feel free to read Casting Couch Confidential by Bessie Bardot and Geoff Barker. And while their story only pertains to the world of modeling and advertisement it would be good to keep in mind that the casting couch is found in the head offices of many industries. The exchange of sexual favors for a job may occur for even the simplest of positions. In times of desperation people do what they have to do in order to survive. It's the sad reality of social darwinism.
*Something to think about*
During the 2007-2009 financial crisis how many people were laid off or lost their jobs completely? Now how many people were at a breaking point?
Sunday, August 11, 2013
I will be posting every 2nd and 4th saturday/sunday of the month. This is my first post.
One of the most critical issues of human trafficking is internal awareness. The majority of people who are well informed of social issues, are aware of human trafficking. Though many don't know that this is a huge crisis here in the U.S.
This is very true concerning child slavery. As I researched this topic, I was shocked at how many children every year are forced into this terrible industry. I was also shocked about how much money the human trafficking industry gains every year.
I learned a lot during my research of human/child slavery. And i HOPE that you read these articles, and find other articles on how to prevent, and fight against this.
I have made a short video about this, and will link you to the story that I got the information from.
go to view it on YouTube so you can watch it and read.
Article used in video
as well as this article:
What I want for this blog entry, is for you followers and bloggers to watch this, and SHARE THIS VIDEO with anyone and everyone. It's really all about the awareness. The more people who are aware of this injustice, the more people willing to take action and fight . There is plenty of information out there, but WE as people who are knowledgable on this injustice, must spread the word, and encourage others to research and fight this.
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Sunday, August 4, 2013
Sexual harassment and the damage it can cause is not only physical. Its effects run much deeper and as a result can lead a lack of self-confidence, the loss of faith in the people or system around them, and overall discomfort. Other effects include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Insomnia, Sleep Terror Disorder, and more which can be found at the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network Website.
1)He or she is in a position of power in which they are expected to honor professional boundaries.
2)He or she has a responsibility towards the client.
3)The betrayal of trust the client has towards the patient can have devastating consequences.
National Sexual Assault Hotline: (800)656-HOPE
Safe Horizon's Rape, Sexual Assault, and Incest Hotline: (212)227-3000