Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Nepal’s Stolen Children: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary
I had the chance this week to attend the screening of CNN's launch of the Freedom Project which features Demi Moore in Nepal addressing the epidemic issue of human trafficing.
The panel discussed this issue closer to home in Australia.
The arguments went around in circle - how do you modify this trend? Whose responsiblity is it? What are the avenues of communication?
The core issue was gleaned - but not emphasised. The catalyst for human slavery is poverty. You can not stop slavery without removing the desperation of those forced or trapped into it.
The Fair Trade brand was represented and it was this spokesperson who called a spade a spade. To stop global poverty we have to buy Australian Made. That means having less - and paying more. Needless to say if this became a reality he would be out of a job!
There is a silent collusion on the part of every consumer to turn a blind eye to that which we support through our purchasing. It is a cultural addiction. If we could kick it - we wouldn't recognise the world we live in.
The CNN Freedom Project