This topic rose to my attention this morning from my wife reading a news blurb on that book of faces about sex trafficking on the rise in our area. The article attributed this to the local branches of the gang culture. I’m not so naive to be surprised by this commentary, yet appalled nevertheless. The majority of all the negative aspects of a culture and society are inexplicably linked through their correlation to lack of education and the subsequent poverty surrounding that circumstance. That’s not the case in this scenario, the underlying precipice for this issue lies beneath the cultural disconnect of an over diversity within the region. Generally speaking, diversity improves any society, but at the margin it’s significantly more volatile. There hasn’t been sufficient curing time for the vast arrays of influences to fully meld into something more refined. Unfortunately, the disparities of those seeking to improve their lives has more of a social presence than their cultural benefits.
Human trafficking has been an Achilles heel to mankind for as long as civilization has existed. Exploitation of another persons life against their choices is the most fundamental tragedy of our entire story. It boggles my mind to know this total disregard for the value of another humans consciousness has somehow slipped through the cracks of all the social advances we’ve experienced as a species. While officially outlawed in every country worldwide, the underlying issue remains present to this day
“While slavery was institutionally recognized by most societies, it has now been outlawed in all recognized countries, the last being Mauritania in 2007. Nevertheless, there are an estimated 45.8 million people subject to some form of modern slavery worldwide. The most common form of the slave trade is now commonly referred to as human trafficking. Chattel slavery is also still practiced by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. In other areas, slavery (or unfree labour) continues through practices such as debt bondage, the most widespread form of slavery today,
Knowing this still exists even in what’s considered one of the most advanced societies in the world suggests it may be more prevalent than the above number suggests. These are human lives we’re talking about here. It fully re-enforces that gratitude I realize for the life I have. It also drives within me the urge to try and make things better. I’m not exactly sure how that looks, but it has to start with telling a story of hope and getting more children better access to high quality early childhood development. There can be no better future without more children being developed into better adults.
The message is clear, yet not compelling enough to garner the right attention. There needs to be a delivery method that ties all the inequality to those children, and not the overbearing ideology clouding the vision for change. The children of our planet need a voice to be heard, not drowned out by the buerocracy of the elite ruling mechanisms of nation, state, and religion. A voice so loud and clear that every generation hears it resonate with their particular disposition. No matter what the culturally biased obstacles may be. All humans want their children to have some sort of chance at life, they simply down understand what that modern opportunity looks like.