As regular readers of my blog will know, I made an exception a couple of months back and wrote a review for a YA book, rather than the books for younger children I normally review. This was because the book, SOLD, by Patricia McCormick touched me deeply, as someone who knows the region and a little of the issues she wrote of. I am truly thrilled to discover that SOLD is being made into a movie and you can see a short trailer here:
With the worldwide issues of human trafficking I can only extend my grateful support to books and movies such as thèse which help to reveal the extend of these issues to more people.
The major forms of human trafficking include:
• Forced labour
• Sex trafficking
• Bonded labour – where a worker’s debt is exploited. it doesn’t have to be current, the report highlights South Asia where “it is estimated that there are millions of trafficking victims working to pay off their ancestors’ debts”
• Forced child labour and sex trafficking
• Forced domestic servitude
• Child soldiers: many children are forcibly abducted to be used as combatants. Others are unlawfully made to work as porters, cooks, guards, servants, messengers, or spies. Young girls can be forced to marry or have sex with male combatants. Both male and female child soldiers are often sexually abused and are at high risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
Just last week I read in the Guardian development network of the fate of Somalian refugees fleeing to Kenya. The photo is of Somali girls in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. According to reports, Somali women and children are being trafficked into Kenya and sold into prostitution. (Photograph: Sipa Press/ Rex Features.)
This human slavery did not die out with Wilberforce, but exists in every nation. The one thing we can all do, is help raise awareness by our support of projects like Patty’s. If you have other books that you have read that cover similar issues, please do recommend them below. A beautiful one I read about child refugees a couple of weeks ago, suitable for upper primary and older, is A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park.