DON’T FORGET THE BOYS…

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When thinking about human trafficking we often allow our minds to run straight to the young girls sold into “a better life” only to find themselves sold into a life of prostitution, violence and loneliness scenario. This is obviously a huge part of the area that we seek to bring justice too through the efforts of Invisible Traffick. However, I have recently been thinking about it from a very different standpoint…

The men…

The boys…

Not the taken but the takers…

You may find these people a horrific group to spend time thinking about but hear me out… I find it hard to believe that as these traffickers grew up, in whatever circumstances they found themselves, they dreamt of becoming a slave traders. Most of us answer wit,: teacher, mechanic, fireman, as we answered the teachers question of, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I don’t ever remember hearing slave trader in the classroom.

It got me thinking to my own boys… Indeed it is important to make people aware of the signs to look out for but also it is important for us to raise up young men, and women who are honest, just and respectable people in their community. It is about raising men who are gentlemen, who know the true value of a woman, of a young girl and who through no action de-value her.

It is about raising young men, who are content with what they have, never striving for too much in terms of money, power or status – but being content with what they have and using it wisely. I fear the role of slave trader does not come from a childhood fantasy growing up, but rather from a desire for power and money that gets out of control… and can only be fulfilled through the horrific injustice of using other people in inhuman ways. It is simply a lack of respect for others and their value as humans, which has been overshadowed by a deep greed and lust for power.

Indeed we need to make people aware of the signs to look out for, but equally, we need to train up our young men and young women to value people, respect one another and be content with their materialistic situation.