Her body was her enemy, his adolescence his……….
Human trafficking, a silent plague burning the lives of millions across the globe continues to inflict pain on mostly the innocent and the most vulnerable be it in powerful nations as such as the United States to Canada to lesser developed nations in Asia.
For countries which often boasts of equality, a woman is often prized for her body, a youth for his future. Despite continuous deliberations the world over to put a stop to this menace, which even ends in death, most governments around the world have failed miserably to put an end to this problem, let alone take steps to minimize the human trafficking even domestically.
For a country like Sri Lanka, which until recently battled with a quarter century long war, human trafficking specially domestically exists to date, mostly in rural areas where economic development is sparse and day to day survival is a gamble.
16 year old Leela and her 13 year old brother Kamal were living in a mud thatched hut in a rural village with their parents, so when a trustworthy neighbor approached them and promised them the best of the world in the country’s commercial capital, Colombo, their parents jumped at the idea without much questions, because not only were they getting ‘lots of money’ but it appeared that their children would have better living conditions.
The parents were offered a ‘grand’ Rs. 10,000 (US $ 100) for the two children. Read more »