MWS as many of you know is My Women Stuff. The central theme is that of “Women” – plural.
Many of us reading this are lucky. We are safe, comfortable, and independent young women. We have a good, paying job (even if we whinge now and again) and we have friends and family around us who love and cherish and respect us. We are in a safe cocoon.
Some women however aren’t as lucky. They leave their families, friends and their home in their home country in the search for a better job and a better life. Some do it for themselves, and some do it for their families. But ultimately, they do it to earn a better life than they have back in their homeland.
And many are entrapped into the sex industry. An old but very lucrative one for traffickers. Many of these young women who leave their homes in the hope of earning more money are instead trafficked for sex, without their prior knowledge. Its a phenomenon that happens all over the world, not just in Asia.
These young women end up as prostitutes, starved and abused both sexually and physically. Many end up with HIV/AIDS. And it doesn’t happen to just women. Sex trafficking happens to young men and even children. Traffickers exploit the young and the needy for their own nefarious purposes and for profit.
And we should take a stand. We should say “Stop Sex Trafficking!” And you can make your voice heard by signing the Stop Sex Trafficking petition below. It’ll just take you 2 minutes. (If you’re reading this in a Feed Reader or email, please come over to the website to view and sign the petition :) ) Let’s see if by our combined efforts we can push the number of petition signers to 5 million :D Yes we can!
This is a Body Shop international initiative and I would love for Malaysia to be put on the map, not as a source or transit point for sex traffickers, but as a nation of women (and men) that says “Stop Sex Trafficking!”. You can choose your own country too by using the drop down menu :)
I don’t post these things often, as regulars will be aware. It may not mean much to just sign a petition, but if the petition is collated from all the countries Body Shop has a presence in, and brought to the attention of the relevant international authorities, perhaps there will be more education about this so women and children will be more aware. We may not be able to stop the sex traffickers as such, but we can help educate the public about this problem and in turn, help women be more aware.
Will you help me? :) I’d love for us to be able to push it to 5 million signees :D