16.12.13

Human trafficking


For once, let me address a serious issue. 10 December was Human Rights Day. I had received an invitation by the Commission consultative des Droits de l'Homme du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg to attend a conference on human trafficking in the European Union. When I got to the Cité judiciaire, a group of people representing Amnesty International had gathered outside.


The conference was given by Ms. Myria Vassiliadou, the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator. I learned that about nine hundred thousand people, the majority of them girls and women, are victims and used to generate about 32 billion euro annually. Ms. Vassiliadou presented the European strategy that has been put in place, in order to combat this modern form of slavery. 


The conference was followed by a nice reception. 


It felt strange to be eating this lovely food and drink sparkling wine, knowing that thousands of people are forced to work against their will, are beaten, and possibly killed. And no one will ever know about their existence and the perpetrators may never get caught. 

So what can we do? Keep our eyes open, question any kinds of services we pay for, as there is a possibility that they are provided by people who are held as slaves against their will, who have had their papers taken from them, and who don't get paid for their work. Going forward I am also going to pay attention to where the clothes that I buy were made. It may be just a drop in the ocean but it's a start at least. 


24 comments

  1. I admire your involvement in events like this. Human trafficking is real and is happening everyday everywhere. I also am becoming more aware of the little things I do I life. It's not much like you said but if more of us start doing it, it will make a difference!

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  2. Excellent post, lady. It's hard to beeline that slavery still exists but it's all around us - you're right, we have to be vigilant x

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  3. Gah! Stupid autocorrect - believe, not beeline!

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  4. It is a worldwide problem for ages. Probably it will last forever, but we shouldn't stop trying to solve it. And conferences like the one you participated or paying more attention to where the clothes were made are important steps. I hope that things get better one day.

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  5. This problem has got much worse in recent years & I just hope more can be doen to combat it.
    Wishing you a wonderful week Anouka xoxo
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  6. I guess this conference was really interesting! It's good to be involved in such matters!
    xoxo

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  7. Yeah, it's so sad that this exists in present day. The stats are staggering about human-trafficking. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Its an important and bad topic, I try to pay attention too even though seems everything sould could have made in that way. Well done to have taken part in this conference. Kisses Anouka! xo

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  9. the lace and everything look so stylish. Love the elegant and minimal interior. Everything looks better in a good place.
    xxx
    mari
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  10. This problem is too big to ignore and makes me wonder how can some people sleep at night?
    Thank you for sharing!

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  11. I agree with you, I would likewise feel strange enjoying sparkling wine and food when attending a Human Trafficking conference. Nevertheless, your involvement in such events is admirable. Let's just say it's the kind of invite I'd love to receive. Sadly, where I'm originally from, there are a massive number of women who are trafficked for white slavery. A very sad reality which will continue to happen in the underworld if not for movements that campaign against it.

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  12. I'm glad that you attended this event, it's important to keep issues like this fresh in everyone's mind.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  13. so lovely place ^^

    Kisses
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  14. This was an interesting conference for you to attend and I look closely at the labels to see where clothes are made. I like to find out which brands source their clothes ethically too. I think we can all play our part no matter how small the gesture may be.

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  15. Beautiful photos and sounds like a really interesting conference.

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  16. Wonderful event and place, this conference must be very interessant :)

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  17. What an insightful post!

    I do know what you mean though. Reading nd learning more on issues like this does make you question a lot in life. And you're right in the sense we need to keep our eyes peeled! I do need to start watching out for labels on the clothes I'm planning to purchase. As pretty as the dress/skirt/etc may be, you never know who made it!

    Halima

    x

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  18. Thanks for bringing this up, I am devastated at how this still occurs so widely, especially here in Africa, its really sad. any little helps and I am so glad to see support for the cause.

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  19. beautiful event for a great cause! :)
    the food looks delicious!! :D

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  20. It's so nice for you to bring this up! I think it's something that doesn't really get talked about and it makes me sad. I try not to think about these things because it is sad, but it's just so shocking that stuff like this is happening in the world as we are living ours.


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  21. It's so sad to hear of such incidents, humans can be cruel :( I think your post is really inspiring, especially the advice at the end. Even the small changes can make a big difference.

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  22. I agree it is a Worldwide problem. Thank you for bringing awareness about this issue.

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  23. Great to know that you take part in such important events! Beautifully written review of the event! xoxo ES
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