This is a great article that shows how young girls and women are being tricked into sex trafficking.
While this piece is about Uganda, this type of sinister activity is happening all over the world and probably right in your back yard. We are committed to raising awareness about this epidemic with our Hands Off This Girl web series. Be aware and stay vigilant against sex trafficking!
Having spent three years without a job, the offer was too juicy for her to refuse. She was promised a lucrative part time job in a four-star hotel, an opportunity to study in college to upgrade her qualifications and be paid $1,000, (sh2,500,000) every month.
When she insisted that she had no money to pay for the passport, visa and air ticket, she was assured everything would be covered for her.
Excited, Mastula Nalubowa alias Mercy Nalubowa ran to her sister she had come to visit in Kibuli and told her the exciting news.
“She was jobless, so the allure of that kind of money was too much. Since we were not going to incur any costs for her travel, we gave her a go ahead,” her sister told Sunday Vision.
Nalubowa gave the stranger her contacts, plus a passport photo. After three weeks, she was called to pick her passport and travel documents.
She was taken to a shrine, undressed and certain rituals were performed on her. She was then given some papers to sign where she was required to repay the syndicate the travel expenses and all the money they had incurred on her. In total the figure was $8000 (sh20,000,000).
The nightmares in China
Unknown to her, her dreams would soon turn into a nightmare once she had boarded the plane. She was first taken to China to an apartment where she met 15 other girls from Uganda.
The syndicate immediately took her passport, ushered into a small room with a bed and told to start working. On learning that she had been duped into sex slavery, she hesitated. Three men came in, beat her up, raped and threatened to kill her. A big bulky African man was then ushered into her room and he forcefully had sex with her. Then came another and another. By the end of the first day she had slept with 15 men.
Read about Mastula’s escape and how Uganda is trying to combat sex trafficking in New Vision, Uganda’s leading daily English newspaper.
In the Olympics, more than 200 nations compete in 300 athletic events. It’s a two week period where team solidarity and national pride unite a global community. It’s a chance for those in the limelight to shine light on not only athletic talent, but their desire to see justice reign.
While Ashton Kutcher is busy shooting the indie biopic, we’re all waiting for Aaron Sorkin’s official version. Ever since the project started, names like Stanley Tucci or even George Clooney have been circulating, but in my own opinion, only Christian Bale could really pull it off.
- He looks…
Russell Martin of the New York Yankees.
(Photo: Josh Haner / The New York Times)
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone - USA WEEKLY
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An awesome infographic, very helpful for indecisive individuals!
The global estimate of people trapped in forced labor is just under 21 million. The International Labour Organization estimates that 5 million of these victims are children. Today, we join the ILO for the 10th annual World Day Against Child Labour to stand up for the children around the world who have sacrificed their childhood for others.
A major provision adopted in The Hague Global Child Labour Conference in 2010 called for the prohibition of the worst forms of child labor including all forms of slavery and forced labor. While this Convention has been ratified by 90% of the United Nation’s member states, this needs to be ratified by EVERY state in order to be effective.
We can do this but we need to spread the word across the world. In honor of World Day Against Child Labour 2012, we ask you to stand up and take action to build a worldwide movement to raise awareness and bring an end to child labor.
Here’s what you can do:
- Take the Slavery Footprint survey and share your score with your networks. Visit our action center to lobby government leaders & tell your favorite brands that you want them to make ending child labor a priority.
- Tweet about it using the hashtag #WDACL.
- Make your Facebook status about World Day Against Child Labor.
- Dedicate One Hour Against Child Labor.