"What are we all living for, if nothing is worth dying for tonight" - Thrice, Lulluby
This is a place where I post information about social justice issues, primarily focusing on human trafficking. I am passionate about people and I want to spend my life helping others fully experience freedom, both on this earth and with God. Read about my anti-trafficking mission trip to Cambodia here (more info in my archives):
let’s think about how men never have to settle for the “geeky” and “nerdy girl” and how there are dozens of movies where the ugly little duckling is transformed to this gorgeous woman so that the male character can be with her
and how there are dozens of movies where women are taught to look past looks and see that those “nerdy” guys are actually really great
This week I was able to catch a screening of the new documentary on gendercide called “It’s a Girl!” The documentary was very informative, and is definitely worth watching. It covered many of the systemic issues in India and China that have played a part in human trafficking. I believe that in order to fight trafficking, you have to have a thorough understanding of the underlying issues for why it is happening, and this documentary sums up many of them in Asia. Some of these issues are:
The (illegal) dowry system in India creates an environment in which girls are a financial drain on families, and as a result the girls are often killed or sold into sex slavery
The One-Child policy in China, as well as cultural factors that put a greater emphasis on the value of boys, has created a system that promotes the extermination of girls. As a result, there are now not enough women in the country, so men are trafficking women in from other countries to be their wives.
A lack of action from the police on issues related to violence against women has perpetuated forced abortions and husbands injuring their wives because they did not receive the dowry they decided they deserved.
Females are not the only victims of human trafficking, but in a system where the female is disposable, gender-based exploitation becomes more prevalent. If you want to make an impact in this area, I highly recommend that you hit the books and start studying the underlying issues of trafficking. The factors that play into trafficking are various and involved, but it is worth it to educate yourself thoroughly on the issue.
Check out “It’s A Girl!” at http://www.itsagirlmovie.com/