Say whatever the hell else you like about her, but there’s one thing you can’t deny: Lady’s got voice.
Lady Gaga | Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
I can has the best of both worlds? Oh yes I can.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
I would like to take a moment to step onto my soapbox, and speak about something that is very important to me. I know most Tumblrs are more concerned light hearted issues, but this topic just begs to be spread in any way possible. And with that, here we go.
Each student at St. Catherine University has to take a class called Global Search for Justice. It’s basically a class where you learn about social issues surrounding a certain theme; my classes theme was immigration. Towards the end of the semester each student is required to do a project, choosing a social issue and making a presentation about it. I didn’t really know what to do, so I just randomly picked human trafficking because it sounded interesting.
As I delved deeper into the subject, I learned what a truly dismal and massive problem human trafficking is in our world today. For those who don’t know, human trafficking is generally referred to as modern day slavery. Humans are bought and sold as property to the highest bidder, and often are abused and given no rights as a person. They can be indentured servants, who are told that they owe their captor money and must work it off, or simply treated as slaves. Victims are lured by money, love, or intimidation, promise of better opportunities, or simply by abduction. The traffickers are often of the same race or gender as the victims to help generate sympathy and trust, with both ultimately used to manipulate their victims into following them.
Victims are kept in bondage through many methods, including lock-and-key, debt bondage, isolation from the public and their families, confiscation of passports and visas, violence, abuse, threats of shame or imprisonment by immigration officials, and monetary control.
Human trafficking is a very real and very large problem in today’s society. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that there are over 12.3 million men, women and children in forced labor, bonded labor, and commercial sexual servitude today. According to the U.S. Department of State, about 600,000 to 800,000 victims annually are trafficked across international borders worldwide.
Not only are there a large number of victims as a result of human trafficking, it is a huge source of criminal business and income. The U.N. Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking estimated that in 2008, the annual profits from trafficked persons came to approximately $31.6 billion, and is now reportedly the second-largest criminal business in the world after drugs.
After reading all this, it is easy to feel incredibly helpless when presented with such staggering numbers. But each person can make a difference, and every little thing you do when added up can help battle this immense issue.
- As a consumer, it is important for us to look at what we are actually buying when we purchase items. The reason why? Kevin Bales explains: “Slaves in Pakistan may have made the shoes you are wearing, and the carpet you stand on. Slaves in the Caribbean may have put sugar in your kitchen and toys in the hands of your children. In India they may have sewn the shirt on your back and polished the ring on your finger”.
- Educate others. Many people do not realize that slavery still exists, much less may be present in their state, city, or neighborhood. Victim’s stories, billboards which advertise toll-free numbers, posters, public service announcements all help to spread awareness.
- Involvement in vulnerable communities is also a powerful action which can save lives.
- If you suspect a person of being trafficked, ask questions. Can they leave if they want to? Have they been abused in any way? Do they have access to their passport and/or I.D.? What do they get paid? Where do they live? Are they fearful?
- Within the US, if you work in law enforcement, health care, social care, mental health, or education you are required to report such cases if the victim is less than 18 years of age.
Human trafficking is an incredible problem. It is so incredibly massive that often times a regular person may feel that any efforts they make would be unnoticed. However, if you consider the overall population of the world, which is 6,692,030,277 people, if each person helps just one victim of human trafficking, or educates just one person on the issue, or even reports a person suspected of human trafficking, the results would be incredible. Over 12 million people would know about the dangers and ideally, human trafficking would cease to exist as it is today.
I honestly believe that if everyone tossed away their view that their efforts alone do not matter, they would see that they are actually working together as a group. Educating yourself on the issues is incredibly important, and along with the education of yourself comes educating others and sharing your knowledge.
In conclusion, I believe there is hope, mainly in the awareness and education of the public to stop human trafficking. If we take the time to notice what is going on around us, make educated decisions and work together, human trafficking will be something of the past.
Cuuuuuuute. I am so doing this to all my paperclips <3
I feel kinda dumb for not realizing how easy those are to make. 😐
To all the people watching, I can never ever thank you enough for your kindness to me and I’ll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism. For the record, it’s my least favorite quality, and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they would get, but if you work hard and you’re kind, I’m telling you, amazing things will happen.
Some things you’ll do for money, and some you’ll do for fun, but then things you do for love are gonna come back to you one by one.
Love Love Love – The Mountain Goats
The Sunset Tree
J-J-J-Joker Face (via cerys jones)
- What’s your favorite “just add water!” food? Chicken noodle cup-a-soup. Nyom.
- What’s your favorite thing to add vinegar to? Um, nothing.
- What’s something weird you’ve added to normal food? Well, the weirdest thing I eat, period, is rice or pasta with grated cheese and tuna mixed in. It is surprisingly tasty. Other than that, I have some pretty severe sensory problems, so I don’t eat many things, let alone add weird stuff to them!
- What’s your favorite thing to add whipped cream to? Starbucks white mocha with vanilla syrup. Muh. I want another one. Why isn’t there a 24-hour starbucks? And why is it not right next to my house? =(
- What’s something you refuse to add anything to, even though most people add something? Umm, most things. Spaghetti sauce (basically meat + ketchup), sandwiches (I only eat them with one thing inside: ham, cheese or chicken)… What else… Hamburgers (burger + bun = yum)… Basically, I eat plain food. It saves a lot of throwing up =P
Because who doesn’t love vintage pink typewriters?
People who are dead inside, that’s who. 😀
BBC iPlayer, MSN and the Marmfish Chatzy on the PC, whatever code/design/photograph I’m working on on the laptop (and maybe mahjong too), plus Mirror’s Edge or Fable II on the TV.
At work I’ll have designs and either Spotify or FIP on the mac, and code and email on the laptop.
Good times! I love being able to multitask.
God, my roommate does this and it just makes me feel sick. She’ll have one show on the TV, and another on her laptop. During commercials, she’ll mute the TV and watch the show on the laptop, while playing spider solitaire.
I mean, really, how does that not make your brain hurt? It makes mine hurt just watching her do it!
I love you, but…
GO mousey, go!
Nineteen-year-old photography student Casey Gutteridge captured this extraordinary scene at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire, UK. Casey, who was photographing the leopard Sheena for a course project, said:
I have no idea where the mouse came from—he just appeared in the enclosure after the keeper had dropped in the meat for the leopard. He didn’t take any notice of the leopard, just went straight over to the meat and started feeding himself. But the leopard was pretty surprised—she bent down and sniffed the mouse and flinched a bit like she was scared. In the meantime the mouse just carried on eating like nothing had happened. But even a gentle shove does not deter the little creature from getting his fill…the mouse continued to eat the leopard’s lunch and show the leopard who was boss!