Future: I am not for sale
“Our lives begin to end the day we became silent about the things that matter.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Unicef estimated that children make up almost one-third of all trafficking victims. Dalai Lama XIV once said, “people were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason why the world is in chaos is that things are being loved and people are being used. A catastrophic dilemma of our society today, specifically, children in their young and playful mindset, to forced them to do something against their childhood and dignity is not a human but an evil act of punishing a life, controlling its freedom is not a thing but a horrifying sin; the child trafficking.
Living in this world is a battlefield, each life is a task that is worth of bravery and sacrifice. Child victims of trafficking are recruited, transferred, harbored, or received for exploitation. The economy of child trafficking bombards the future of every child, seriously speaking, the root development of child trafficking is that it is not seen as a serious issue, we are not interested if it is not our child, the street children are seen as petty criminals and expendable, the minors are not considered victims but guilty of a crime. Losing our dignity is like losing our identity, a 13-year-old young girl named Kim has been persuaded by her neighbor to earn money and have a free education in exchange for having minimal work and simply saying “hi” in front of a camera because of the eagerness to help her parents, she agreed. She was at her young mind that cares for their living and she was taken advantage of their situation that in 2 years she was sexually abused. It is alarming given the fact that not all people were born to be in a wealthy family and lots of children were doing labor at a young age to help their family survive the everyday living and it is the opportunity for the perpetrators to take advantage of them.
A living nightmare is a cruel existence with no escape. The most challenging part of rehabilitating the victims of child trafficking is making them understand that they were abused. The government is the leader of our society, problems needed to be addressed so that protecting children from exploitation need in the increase of availability of specialized shelters and mental health services for the victims, the efforts to investigate, prosecute, and convict the perpetrators particularly the complicit officials and labor traffickers need to be elevated, the resources of anti-trafficking task forces to support coordinated operations, protection services, and timely preliminary investigation. Expand the government support for follow-up services that facilitate reintegration. The voice of the children is the voice we need for change and a better future, the laws must be justified and show that the power you have should be given to save those people who need it.
As a student, I believe that I will be the future of the world, I am a child and I can do things better. Child trafficking is losing the hope of every child and to live for freedom. We cannot defeat this dilemma from the laws that from the very beginning were not working out and by creating again but through as individuals who are being blinded for an evil act. Men are not sinners because they sin but they sin because they are sinners. Tony Gaskins said, “ the doors will be opened to those who are bold enough to knock”, the children cannot defend themselves at a young age so we, as individuals need to open our eyes and let us see our future. Government addresses the problem but it is not enough if we individuals, specifically the perpetrators wouldn’t see the future of every child and the future of the world. Edward Everett Hale quoted, “I am only one but still, I am one. I cannot do everything but still, I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” Child trafficking is a serious issue and needs a serious solution and mitigation, help our future to become a better world and cultivate the transformation.