Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Child Labour

The stability of the world starts deteriorating when it comes to generating wealth through forms of capitalist movements. With the newly globalized economy, reports see that people-trafficking has grown into an estimation of $30billion dollar global industry. It makes it easier now as there are many ways a person could make money just by participating themselves in the black market, i.e. prostitution, piracy, child labour and human trafficking. It doesn’t sound like a profession to make billions of dollars out of, but it is what is happening today in the world without finding the nearest exit to cast it all away.

I was reading an article on BBC News today and found out that a total of 2.4 million people are victims to human trafficking. It is not just done in Mexico (which was largely the case), it is done everywhere in the world. Some held confidential, and others are just known to the world as daily hearings. What is needed to be done has been brought out to the table, but who is going to implement is always stays the problem in this society.

“It often takes a tragedy to make a difference” – this I would argue to be a primitive statement which would only have a sound meaning 20 to 30 years back. We know what’s happening around us; we know what’s wrong with society and who should be responsible. We don’t need another tragedy to make a difference; we need man power to fight for the rights of what is seen to be wrong. In this case, something needs to be done in order to further challenge the law of enforcement upon child labour and forced labour. Yet again, more saying than doing is the main source of deterioration in society in terms as far as policy is concern. Most of us knowledge gainers and seekers definitely have the infrastructure and the knowledge to help, but we lack in will to do so.

In some countries, government is there for show. Non-governmental organizations are there in this world for a reason and that is to make sure influential policies are made in order to further influence government into doing what is best for the country and the society. NGOs are there to make sure eradication of illegal activities are done and that everyone has the right to be treated fairly, both financially and physically.

Amazingly, the United Nations came up with the UN Millennium Development plan which strives to exterminate poverty at the end of 2015 without any form of excuse. I do hope this will not be a ‘just dream and won’t live’ speech by the United Nations and the leaders of developing countries which had given their full participation on. For further information about what the United Nations Millennium Development Plan is, just go to http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/ and it will provide you with further information needed.

According to the BBC news on what the International Labour Organization (ILO) is doing, I do hope that the future will be bright in the years to come when children are allowed to be free from their life time bonded work and be able to arm themselves with proper education and skills which they need to help build or rebuild their countries.

Articles from the BBC Website which are relevant


Author: David Loyn (Developing World Correspondent, BBC News)


- A sight of how forced labour has been a global problem all throughout the years. It will not stop being a problem until someone reestablishes polices to conquer this problem before it goes out of hand in the mere future.


Author: Martha Buckley


- How girls in Britain are trafficked into becoming prostitutes in other countries without being able to go back to their ordinary life.