Our nation’s capital has one of the highest rates of domestic child sex trafficking in the nation, according to the FBI. I only learned this after a 14-year-old child I have known since the first grade, “Shawna,” was found alone in a Los Angeles hotel room this spring after being missing for weeks. Through her, [...]
This week at Media Voices, we have a trailer for a film that reminds us that poor children have a right not just to education, but to quality in their education. Daniela Kon’s film, Talibe, exposes a persistent issue with some Islamic boarding schools in Senegal, where teachers treat their students as cash cows, requiring [...]
2012 report by DOL/ILAB required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act on goods produced using child labor or forced labor worldwide. See also the 2011 DOL Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, which is a file too long for us to upload, but well worth reading.
from the US Department of Labor’s 2010 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor
from the US Department of Labor’s 2010 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor
A 2010 film by ILO-TV about child labor in Eastern Europe. Vulnerable children are open to exploitation that knows no borders. The huge wage gap between Eastern and Western Europe has led to increased migration and a rise in trafficking.
This 2011 Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women report examines whether anti-trafficking initiatives to curb demand for commercial sex may actually end up creating a more favorable environment for trafficking of women and girls. GAATW suggests expanding the consideration of demand to include demands by migrant laborers for a safe and fair working environment.
This week at Media Voices we have a film by Stephanie Sinclair, Too Young to Wed, about child marriage. Be warned: this film has some shattering images. In eight years of work in Afghanistan, Yemen, Nepal and Ethiopia (partially funded by National Geographic), Sinclair documented child marriage, which affects millions of children and very young [...]
Sold by her uncle into prostitution at age 15, Laxmi Bishwokarma escaped the brothels, but cannot go home. She rebuilds her life with the help of a NGO in this film from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting by Habiba Nosheen.
This week at Media Voices, Nick Grisewood, of the Global March to End Child Labor, has an update on the long-awaited ILO Convention on Domestic Work which seems likely to be adopted tomorrow. In New Instrument to Tackle Child Domestic Labour, Nick takes us through the social evolution that has brought a majority of countries [...]
The phenomenon of human trafficking for bonded labour rears its ugly head in many rural areas in Jharkhand. India Unheard Community Correspondent Mukesh Rajak investigates the issue in Madhupur, where he lives.
The UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights gives evidence that around 90% of bonded labourers are from communities designated as ‘untouchable’ and ‘indigenous’. Women from impoverished families are either sold by family members to middlemen, or, in the hope of making money in the big cities, voluntarily join ‘placement agencies’ who lure them into becoming house slaves.
This week at Media Voices, we’re considering the Third Millennium Development Goal – the one about promoting gender equality in education and empowering women. Or rather, we’re considering its opposite – several extreme examples of female powerlessness, and the ripple effect on their children’s lives and the societies they live in. We have two videos [...]
Ecpat International issues country-by-country reports on what governments are doing to eliminate commercial sexual exploitation of children. This report deals with Kenya, particularly the coastal area of Mombasa and the trafifcking of rural children to satisfy demand for sex tourism.
It started with an innocuous trip to the mall. A woman in her late 20s approached Natasha, a pretty 19-year-old-teenager, and suggested that she consider a job as a make-up artist. The job involved good money and travel. Natasha was interested. She wasn’t sure she was ready for college, so she figured she’d check out [...]
This week at Media Voices, we’re focusing on various forms of exploitation of children covered under the neutral and innocuous term of trafficking. Robert Bilheimer spent four years filming on five continents to make Not My Life, a new documentary on trafficking and sexual exploitation of children around the world. For those of you who [...]
One thousand years ago a medieval historian described a scene of plunder, pillage, and capture as Viking pirates stormed the German coast and dragged “distinguished men … to the ships with their hands tied behind their backs, and their feet shackled with chains. [Then] the barbarians ravaged the whole province with impunity.” Pirates, the dashing [...]
HIV & AIDS has not only turned children into orphans and laborers, but has also fanned the flames of trafficking in children.
A film by Robert Bilheimer
Narrated by Ashley Judd
A Worldwide Documentaries production
A film about slavery in our time — a story about the way the world is.
Not My Life is the first documentary film to depict the horrifying and dangerous practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale.
Filmed on five continents over a period of four years, Not My Life unflinchingly, but with enormous dignity and compassion, depicts the unspeakable practices of a multi-billion dollar global industry whose profits, as the film’s narration says, “ are built on the backs and in the beds of our planet’s youth.”
While acknowledging that trafficking and slavery are universal crimes, affecting millions of human beings all over the world, Not My Life zeroes in on the fact that the vast majority of trafficking and slavery victims are indeed children. This fundamental truth, says the film’s director, Oscar® nominee Robert Bilheimer, raises profound questions about the very nature of our civilization. “What kind of society cannibalizes its own children?” Bilheimer asks. “Can we do these sorts of things on such a large scale and still call ourselves human in any meaningful sense of the term?”
Not My Life features dignified and inspiring testimony from survivors; depictions of trafficking, exploitation, and slavery in all parts of the world including forced labor in Africa; street begging and garbage picking in India; sexual trafficking in the United States and Southeast Asia; and various forms of child enslavement and abuse in both North and South America.
For the theatrical release schedule, see the film’s website, notmylife.org
From the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health comes an excellent article by Tiffany Dovydaitis, RN WHCNP, intended for clinicians who may encounter trafficking victims, and who are in fact usually the only people not involved in their victimization who do encounter them. Dovydaitis points out that “there are twice as many people enslaved today as during the African slave trade.”
Reprinted with permission from Medscape.com, 2010.
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“In the hope of escaping a life of poverty and despair, many girls have been duped into leaving their homes and country, only to be abused by those whom they had placed their hopes on.” It’s 8pm in Mtwapa and nightlife is beginning to kick in. Young girls, who spend more than half their day [...]
UNAIDS sees promise this year that ” the world has turned a corner” in the war to combat the spread of HIV. In its bi-annual report, the agency points to more than 25% declines in HIV incidence in 33 countries since 2001 as evidence that prevention efforts are paying off. For children however, this anniversary [...]
Have you ever picked up the wrong suitcase off the conveyor belt at the airport? Or worse, someone else mistakes your bag for his or hers? I have been in both situations, and it is always awkward and embarrassing. I have tried everything – from ribbons to brightly colored bags -to distinguish my bags from [...]
November 20th is Universal Children’s Day. Established in 1954 by a United Nations resolution, the day’s purpose is to focus attention on the welfare of children around the world.