Human Trafficking

April 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm Leave a comment


In one of our classes we had a visit from Compassion2One. They were looking for us to contribute with ideas for how to save one life at a time, especially focusing on London 2012 where the sex trafficking is expected to increase drastically.

I was already aware of how severe and serious this topic is but I guess when you really start to think about it, it is a very touching subject.

It is touching because you are reminded about one of many cruelties human kind is capable of. Ruining children’s and young people’s lives. It is not just those who organise human trafficking who are sick, also those who take advantage of young girls and boys sold as sex slaves. What makes adult human beings think this is OK?

I can say nothing more than that they are driven by ignorance, arrogance, selfishness, inhumanity and cruelty.


After talking with my friends we had some ideas for what could be done. Actually, we had many ideas.

But it all seemed so complicated! How do you get the bad guys? How do you know who the victims are? Why don’t people act? What will you do to make people change? CAN you make people change? What can each and single one of us do?

We compared with the anti-terrorism campaigns on the London tube where we had seen signs saying for everyone to report anything suspicious. But this only came up after the terror attacks. And how many people did actually report? Well, the TFL website confirmed that in fact they had seen an increase of calls after this. Interesting. So did this mean that we are more likely to act when we have been directly or personally involved? We thought so and agreed that campaigns like these could be effective but maybe first after the crime has affected them. But then it is already too late and someone’s life may never be the same again. In the worst case, they may not survive.

So what does it take for us to open our eyes, become more human and share our sympathy, even when we’re not directly concerned! It is sad to realize this and sad that not all of us are capable, yet, to take a bigger responsibility for our actions.

A big problem my group and I thought is that as cities and the population is growing, especially in industrial and developed countries, we become less aware of what is going on in our neighbor hood. We had all heard about “know your neighbor” schemes and thought this could be a good start to stop human trafficking and inhumanity because a lot of the time we don’t know what is going on behind closed doors and we close our eyes and ears for what does not immediately affect us. If we can collectively become more aware and support our local communities we can perhaps prevent that illegal actions and crime happens. If we start caring about others they way we wish that they would care about us, things would change, I am positive. But, I do not wish to sound naive. Cruelty is part of humankind and will always be. The trap and danger is when we start accepting it because we are too preoccupied with our own well-being and success. With this kind of ignorance, passivity and irresponsible thinking we fail.


One way a charity such as Compassion2One could approach helping one life at a time is by collaborating with local charities/community centers/churches and other insitutuions across London. This, I am sure they do already. In my group we talked about how one could set up activities such as talks, meeting people on the street, fundraising events, street parties and so on. All to get to know the local community a little bit better and express collectively what is not socially, morally and ethically acceptable.


We also thought it was important to understand where those involved are located, where they operate, how they move and generate a clearer understanding of how this network is organised, especially during the run up to London 2012. In this way one would be able to create a map with hot-spots and perhaps detect a pattern. This information could also be valuable for the police. As we were explained to in class, there are times when you observe something suspicious and you regret that you never did something about it or found out more. But how to do that without insulting someone and what if you approached someone innocent?

One way that a map could be made, is by creating an application for smartphones. This application would link all users to the same map of London, for instance. Trained individuals or employees could then browse through London on a daily basis and registering any time they saw something suspicious. In order not to make this into a “witch-hunt”, detecting any young girl accompanied by a wealthy, older man (I do apologize if that stereotype may offend anyone), it would have to be done only by someone experienced. There could be various options, say three buttons to choose between when adding a location to the map: 1. High 2: Middle 3: Low. This would allow for color codes such as red, green and yellow in order for the map to be read easily.


Such a map could help understand where the affected areas are, as I certainly believe, they are probably where you least expect them to be. It can be registered with a quick, simple click and the person on “duty” does not have to feel that they are spying or interrogating someone’s privacy. Say, if one saw something suspicious on the tube, this information could be registered unnoticed, after one leave the station or at any point later, avoiding anyone to take offend of the activity (if the assumpton was wrong). It could also be that each person would have separate maps for their area and that these would then be synchronized at the end of a desired period. With smartphones there are endless possibilities!

Perhaps actions like these could save one life at a time?


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