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The voice for the invisible and voiceless

Leszek J. Sibilski's picture
Lecture hall, Malaysia“One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” ― Michael J. Fox
 
As a college sociology professor, I am expected to inspire and stimulate my students through lectures, class discussions and individual and group assignments, as well as my professional behavior. Also, I am obliged to evaluate my students by giving them papers, tests and quizzes, sometimes projects. In my classes, we explore fundamental sociological concepts, methods, and theories used to interpret the patterns of human society. We emphasize on the connection between theory and practice in examining social interaction, cultural diversity, social structure, and current global issues. Overall, my goal is to train my students to become better citizens of our global village. In sociology we focus on “WE,” instead of “I.”
 
At the end of each semester, when the final bell has been rung, I like to see what impressions, if any, were made on our students. In the academic process, the students have the opportunity to evaluate the class, and I, as a teacher, have the opportunity to grade their work.
 
However, from time to time there are also some unexpected rewards for a college sociology professor that occur when students apply the teachings to inspire the teacher and their classmates. This happened to me at the end of the fall semester of 2014.  At that time, one of my female students, Faith Muthiani, volunteered to make a short video clip as her final class assignment. I was puzzled and a bit worried as it would be her first video production. The result was mind boggling. When she set up the equipment for the presentation, we could all tell from her body language that she put her heart, mind and soul into this project. She entitled her work: “Your Voice Matters,” and it turned out to be something extraordinary, something deeply moving.
Your Voice Matters

And indeed, all those images left us mesmerized, captivated, touched and speechless. What a powerful way of voicing a pain and injustice! Later on, I wrote to her: “Dear Faith, after watching your masterpiece video, I regained my faith in humanity, and a future without violence for all of us. Your voice in this production is so powerful. Thank you for the moment of hope. I am so proud to be your teacher.” And she replied: “This would not be possible without you, thank you for giving me the opportunity to make my voice heard.” I always believed in the supremacy of sociology amongst social sciences, but now, I discovered it can be a healer for pain and injustice – thanks to social media presence! 
 
The musician, Annie Lennox, once said: “As a mother, you have that impulse to wish that no child should ever be hurt, or abused, or go hungry, or not have opportunities in life.” I believe that every parent shares Lennox’s views. In recent weeks we are seeing a very strong thrust to stop and prevent any violence, trafficking and abuse against girls and women, but most importantly for equal rights for all girls and women on our planet, spearheaded by United Nations Women, as part of  “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.” This year, where many refugee women and children are dangerously vulnerable while fleeing their home countries the World Economic Forum annual gathering in Davos pushed for gender equality. This was long awaited great news for all of us. 
 
In recent NBC News report: Invisible Boys: Inside the Push to help Unseen Victims of the Sex Trade” we learn about another missing piece in the global drama of human abuse: the sex trafficking of boys and men in America, which is not at all a local but largely a global problem, especially in the least developed and developing countries. According to the study by the John Jay School of Criminal Justice, nearly half of commercially exploited children in New York City were young males. “There was this predominant narrative out there that this is an issue solely affecting girls,” project manger Meredith Dank recalled. “Then we found all these boys, and we complicated the narrative little bit.” 
 
Where Sexually Exploited Kids Go for Help by Graphiq
 
Some other estimates calculate the number of male victims as low as three percent. Nowadays, the societal perception of masculinity does not consider a man as a victim. The male victimhood “is one of the least talked about and least known areas of sexual violence and sexual exploitation,” said Chris Anderson, CEO of Male Survivor, a support group. The Polaris Project, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. estimates that there are only 529 shelter beds in America for victims of human trafficking, but the survey discovered that only two of those beds were set-aside for boys. Chris Smith of who co-funded in 2012 Restore One, a Christian ministry in Greenville, North Carolina stated: “Across America, boys, just like girls, are being sold for sex. And no one is talking about it.”
 
According to The International Labor Organization estimates there are 21 million people being trafficked worldwide. Of these 21 million people, more than 22% are being trafficked for the purpose of forced sexual exploitation.
 
Human Trafficking by Type, by ILO 2012
 
Human trafficking generates massive profits. The ILO estimates that the crime of human trafficking produces 150 billion in profits every year. While sex trafficking is estimated to be only 22% of human trafficking, it accounts for almost 66% of the profits.
 
Profits of Tracking, by ILO 2014
 
In virtually every country in the world, human trafficking can be found in industries that are labor intensive, low paying, and with little oversight or regulation, such as: manufacturing, construction, domestic service, agriculture, mining, the sex industry, and more.
 
In the conclusion the courage of Faith Muthiani puts it all flat out: “We can no longer ignore the desperate cries of help from our brothers and sisters around the world. Together, we can give them a voice and allow their stories to be heard.“ We have to hear Faith loud and clear. This final statement makes me think that our youth are capable and able to preserve and protect human dignity, as we know it, for generations to come. As an educator, I constantly question myself, "am I injecting enough hope and strength into the future of my students, who constantly hear from us, adults: change the world!" The good news is that we are changing it collectively and for the better everyday. However, it sometimes takes too long for way too many - it’s time to pick up the pace on move forward. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations just recently addressed the global youth: “I call on young people across the world to lead and act with courage.” Let’s hope that out there are many who are like Faith Muthiani, as we no longer can relay on good faith only. The best hashtag for this occasion will be #Together!


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Photograph of lecture hall in Malaysia by Nafise Motlaq / World Bank
Image of survey of trafficking in New York City by Graphiq
Images, "Trafficking by Type" and "Profits of Trafficking" by International Human Trafficking Institute

Comments

Submitted by Andy Roman on

Never have I felt so empowered to fight for a cause I only knew so little about. Growing up I always thought equality was something everyone was entitled to but after reading this post and watching the videos, I know see that giving all humans equal freedom doesn't please others. Our voices and other freedoms are what makes us human and when we are stripped of it rights we no longer represent the legacy that we have written. Those that can't speak up need our help and this is an excellent start. If we all work together we all can see the change in the world, making it a much better place. As long as we contribute and support those who can't, we show that life and humans really care and it goes to show that there will always be a friend close by. And though we may never meet these oppressed individuals, our compassion will find a way.

Submitted by Nancy Le on

The video made by Faith Muthiani was very compelling and eye opening. We often ignore what is going on in the nations around us because the United States is too focused on itself. Although she only mentioned three, there are many other regions where crimes against humanity occur that we must shed light on also. Additionally, I am glad someone in the world is taking more notice on the human trafficking of young boys and men. It is not too often that we hear about such things because the world pays more attention for some reason when it's younger girls. It's a shame that such bias that exist because it portrays the idea that it's is not as serious of an issue, when it fact it is. #womenarevictims #menarevictimstoo Lets restore our faith in humanity by not waiting around and trusting someone else will seek change in the world for us, but begin the process ourselves. Only #together can we fix the world.

Submitted by Karen Reyes on

I definitely held back the tears watching the video in my classroom. We must all share this article and video with everyone we know. It infuriates me to see young boys and girls being mistreated and abused in such an inhumane way. If a video no longer than 5 minutes can effect me the way it did, than I know it will effect others the same way. Lets give these people a voice! Lets make them visible!

Submitted by David Thomas on

This was an amazing article, what moves me the most was the video because of how it opened my eyes about these crimes against humanity that effect every single demographic. We normally only hear of crimes towards lack of rights for women but never men and children.

Submitted by Kevin Wynn on

It is sad to hear of these terrible acts that are committed overseas and even in our hometowns. These are not isolated incidents. The fact is that prostitution is one of the oldest jobs out there and this hasn't changed. We are all humans and deserve rights but some believe that others are no more than property, tools, and sadly even toys. The practice I would like to spotlight is the practice of Bachi Bazi is terrible but even the American president Obama will not speak out against this. If he stood up and said this was wrong, how much of an impact would that have been made when his own soldier fought an Afghan Officer about it and went to court about it?
In your own towns these acts are committed. Hotels are hotbeds for sexual trafficking and prostitution. Bus stations are another means of travel. There is so much more. If this video rattled you, as it should, don't hold up a piece of paper and that is the end of your activism. Go out, find resources, help and shape the world for basic human rights.

Submitted by Catherine Moses on

I think that this is a subject that everyone has heard about but people do not talk about often. Whether it is because it makes them uncomfortable, or they think they cannot make a difference, keeping silent perpetuates the problem. We as humans must work together to help those who do not have the power to help themselves, and to do so because it is the right thing to do. The video that was given in this article was heart touching. It put a face and a story to these statistics that otherwise would have slipped from my mind. We are all human, ans we are all in this together. The least we can do is make this world a better place!

Submitted by Genevive Adukpo on

This article and video is very inspiring, I like the way it talks about the problem and also offer some solutions too. My personal opinion is that we as human beings are followers, so if we want this issue to be taken seriously, we need someone to take action and then the rest of us will follow and this is what this article portrays. Now we as a society need to spread the word, by using social media and other means of communication.

Submitted by Jillian Hutchinson on

The video was very empowering. It's crazy think that you that parents would throw acid on there own children just because they wanted another gender. Also throwing acid on a person because they turned down a marriage proposal. Family either trading their children just to bring in money or children being stolen from their family. We don't pay attention to things like that because those stuff are not being done to us. These are all crimes against humanity that we either fail to notice or we just ignore it. We need to take a stand on issues like this either happening in our backyard or in other countries. They are crying out for help and we need to be the voice of these people.q

Submitted by Hector Cortez on

We must share this article and video with everyone, this video made me realize what people suffer through around the world. When we go on and about our day we don't stop to think about this matter because we're busy with our lives. Once you come across it touches your lives and it can touch others by sharing it over different social networks. lets the be the difference out there and help those who don't have a voice.

Submitted by angelo bianchini on

It is sad to think that with all that humanity has developed in S.T.E.M, civil rights, and human rights, that practices such as bacha bazi and acid throwing exist and have the statistics to prove so. Bacha Bazi is not an ancient form of entertainment, but one of pedophilia. While this practice is widely attributed to northern Afghanistan, it is practiced allover central Asia in places like Uzbekistan and Iran. Many of these Turkic-Mongolic nations have a history of human rights violations and that should be noted. Acid throwing is a sad example on how globalization can go horribly wrong. Acid throwing has its roots in the medieval European development of alchemy. Presently, acid throwing has been reported in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. To think these innocent people will be like this permanently makes me sick. I encourage deviancy if it means opposing social norms such as these. The world must understand that freedom of speech is a basic human right applied to everyone, within a humane-civil context.In conclusion, unless these forms of torture are addressed multi-nationally things like depression, pessimism, rage, and misanthropy will be common characteristics among the human species.

Submitted by Elisia George on

This had me think of the saying, "out of sight is out of mind." Something has to be up in our faces for us to pay attention to it. This is not an issue that can be ignored or swept under the rug. How can we set consequences to the actions of those who participate and are responsible for such behavior? They can afford to buy their way out of anything at the cost of the dignity and life of another. Don't these people have a conscience to guide them? It is time we become the voice for these boys and girls who seems to have no voice.

Submitted by Marlena Tan on

It is so terrifying that you will never care as much about issues like these until you, yourself become a victim. We are so oblivious to the world that surrounds us. The ones with even the slightest knowledge of topics like these choose to ignore because they do not think our voice matters. Articles and videos like this show us that we can and will make a difference. I think a lot of us are selfish and that most do not want to do anything about the situation due to the fact that it does not concern us. We seriously should not wait to become a victim, but instead raise awareness and stop these terrible acts right away. We as a society need to realize that we have the power to become the voice for the voiceless.

Submitted by Marilyn Hernandez on

Human trafficking is a very sensitive topic that must be addressed. It is a problem that goes on all over the world including America. Human trafficking is a crime and a violation of human rights that many times go unnoticed. The News and the media usually chooses to talk about violent crimes such as murder and assault but where is the attention for those who are being forced into human slavery? I agree with Faith's video we as human beings must do something about the injustice. My question is how can we help? Many times, we say I want to help, lets do something about it; but how can we help? There should be more education on how to help and recognized who's being trafficked because many times we can be next to one of them but we won't realized because 1. we don't know what signs to look for or 2. we are too consumed with our own lives.

Submitted by Alex Torres on

This article highlights a crime that is well documented but rarely discussed. The fact of the matter is human trafficking is a business and as long as there is a market these people will continue. It's obviously that laws have little to no effect.

Submitted by Dayanne Pareja on

I can genuinely say that I have been inspired. Many, including myself take our god given rights for granted every day. We have grown so accustomed to a free and optimistic life that we forgot to notice the millions that are not so fortunate. Both the video and article have really enlightened me to things I rarely think about. We do not all wake up in the morning and notice how blessed we really are for being able to make our own choices and live for ourselves. In addition, I have noticed that people do not usually seek for a change until they themselves are greatly affected or become victims of the problem. However, this is not how we as a global community should deal with these types of problems. We cannot just wait for more women and men to be exploited nor watch any more innocent children become victims. We have the power to do great things.

Submitted by Zheng yang on

Never thought about the situation was that terrifying, and also happened in so many countries. After watching that video, I was shocked. We, as the citizens of the world vilige, a member of the family, have to speak up for them. Comparing to them, we have such a good living life. However, people do not get satisfied. Instead, they abuse the authority that they owned, and violate the rules which are unacceptable . Social media is so powerful, we should all spread out our voice for them to gradually change the situation, and then to prevent it reoccur to our brothers again.

Submitted by SHANE KHANT SOE MOE on

"Human trafficking generates massive profits. The ILO estimates that the crime of human trafficking produces 150 billion in profits every year. While sex trafficking is estimated to be only 22% of human trafficking, it accounts for almost 66% of the profits."
When I read this fact, I am very terrified with human trafficking industry by seeing the images of voiceless people who ignore themselves and the others. By judging the massive profits of those bad guys, we with the hearts of humans cannot stay still. We have to move, fight and be a voice from a corner of the world. Moreover, according the author's description of statistics, I am also surprised to know that there are also sex industry for boys. If we do not stop those sex industries and lacking of human rights in societies, they will grow and occupy us at the last. Prevention is better than cure. Let's start form a voice to many voices. I also pay my respect to Faith who created a surprising video.

Submitted by Victoria Amaguana on

I began reading this article with a set mind that I knew exactly what it was going to say. I was in no way prepared for what I read and what I watched. Of course I had researched in other classes about the human trafficking, however I never saw the amounts of horrendous acts towards certain groups of people around different parts of the world. You always hear about the amount of violence around the world. Growing up I would always shrug it off and say “that stuff never really happens”, but seeing now all the things that have been happening! All the deviance of people around the world. Their horrible intentions and how they look for conquering over people as a way to gain money, and by gaining money they also gain in power. It’s so sad to see there are deviants out there around the world who really believe this is the way, it makes me wonder if maybe some degrees of deviance are a mental illness.

Submitted by Courtney Disonglo on

This article puts "crimes against humanity" into a new perspective on what's occurring around the world. From what I knew about human trafficking, was always thought to be about young women being sold or kidnapped and being forced to do labor or into sex trafficking. The topic never included the idea about boys also being victims, because society doesn't put those together. We must help those who are not able to speak for themselves. Also, the video was made without any flaw, especially under 5 minutes. Faith Muthiani helped use her voice for those who need help. We should help her spread the word. #Together

Submitted by Chandler Tucker on

Such a great article on a very unknown topic that needs to be given more thought. My first impression of this article was that it was very strongly written and brings to light a topic that I as well as many other people are not aware of. The issue of child trafficking is not just something that solely effects girls but also boys. Men are always given a label that says that nothing bad like this happens to them but this is not that case at all, it can really happen to anybody. The fact that a little over 25% of the boys involved in this trafficking tell nobody really astounds me because this shows how scared they really are and that needs to stop. This quote "healer for pain and justice" really speaks out to me because we all need to be fighting against this child trafficking. My favorite part about this whole article was that people need to start thinking in terms of "we" and not just "I" because our actions always end up effecting someone else.

Submitted by Ioanna Galani on

A powerful message to the humanity!
After reading the article and watching the video I have to admit that I was truly touched and I haven't realized how many people stripped of their human rights. It is more than sad to see people suffer, but it is the reality that everybody should know.
I am wondering about those people who attempted many forms of deviance if they are mentally ill or just problematic. Medicalization of deviance supports that deviant people have mental disorders. However, Thomas Szasz says that deviant actions are problem behaviors. I feel that the answer is somewhere in the middle. People with mental disorders they see reality distorted, and this is the time for sociobiologists and psychologists to look for reasons within the individual. On the other hand, people with problematic behaviors may be affected from culture,traumatic memories,way of growing up, or lack of education. For instance, the video "Your Voice Matters" emphasizes the issue of gender inequality in India, being expressed through domestic violence which is carried out by men against women. Acid is thrown to women's faces because they were born female or because they did not accept a marriage proposal. This is a result of gender inequality and lack of education because men are thought to be the dominant ones without showing respect to women or children...Unfortunately, not only acid throwing, but also sexual slavery is another serious social problem. Noticing the New York Survey for children involved in sexual trafficking, the percentages for asking help from police, service organizations and parents are low. This indicates that children are afraid of asking help from these social groups, which should be the ones to assist them the most. Individuals who went through all these violent and unhuman situations are stigmatized forever and we need to be a voice for them! If you were in their shoes, what would you do?
I believe that people should change the world together by truly realizing what is happening in less developed countries. Realization is the least we can do... We can do more! As Mahatma Gandhi said " Be the change you want to see in the world."

Submitted by Jonathan Garcia Rivera on

Amazing article and amazing video! This is an important topic but we don’t really talk about it nowadays. I was in shock to see innocent children being use for sexual entertainment and see women being poured with acid. It broke my heart and I almost cry. I realize that this topic is more important than we think it is. Luckily, for someone of us we had a great childhood and way better than that the innocent children. We didn’t have worried about nothing, we played game and were kids, but we have to do something to stop this brutally. This is a global issue that needs to be solve soon; specially, in third world countries where the cruelest attack of human rights happens. I don’t really want my kids to deal with this issue because is so cruel that I prefer to deal with it.

Submitted by Aj Harrison on

Its very emotional to see other people from other countries or socities around the world having their human rights taken away, placed into slavery and had other horrific events happen to them. They are human beings just like any other individual and to be treated like they don't deserve to live, has to be put to an end. This article is inspiring me to reach out to others, to help spread the message of those whos voices cannot be heard. Our technology and media is so amazing today, that as a human being we should use them to help others around the world. To help spread the word of a crisis. To help change the minds of those who are doing these horrific things to others. Thank you Faith for creating this video and sharing it because it is making a huge impact for the common good. It will inspire others to make videos like yours. This is one video to help people in other countries be heard. Imagine 2, 3, 5 more videos like these. The awareness of these acts will be known around the world and be put to an end.

Submitted by Bin Feng on

This article is amazing, and the video is extremely impressive, especially these picture of the victims.What happened in Afghanistan, India, and Sudan is just a part of guilty of committing crimes against humanity. We have to face the reality that these events also happens every day in different countries all over the world. As Faith Muthiani mentioned in the video, “Nobody is going to fix the world for us, but if we work together. We might just be able to fix it ourselves.” The social media has become a powerful tool for people communicating, and it is definitely possible to help the invisible and voiceless to make voice. In addition, against humanity can be a deviance, which means the violation of norms. Deviance can be functional for society. First, deviance clarifies moral boundaries and affirms norms. Second, deviance encourage social unity. Third, deviance promotes social change.

Submitted by Joshua Trejos on

Those in the United States are fortunate, and are completely unaware of what's going on in other parts of the world because it's not a headliner. We as citizens of the U.S. are only subject to stories that get views for the networks, so knowing anything beyond that usually requires research. We're given our rights because of our government and all the previous voices of America that has fought for what they believe in. All of the oppression that happened before the civil rights were simply seen as norms. Minorities were slaves, and they had to work with no hope of stepping up the ladder. From throwing acid to males keeping their mouth shut after a sexual exploitation may be considered a norm. Any one knows that when you defy a norm then people will start to look at you a different way, so most people will try to avoid that awkwardness. When giving off a child to be "entertainment" may also be normal for them, it hurts the families, but that may be the way of life. Trying to stop what has been going on for so long will cause a social uproar, and change the whole way of life. In order to make that change, there has to be that one person, that one person who is sick and tired of what is going on, and then stand up for the people who can't use their voices. That spark will light and bring a trail of people who breathe fire through their voice.

Submitted by Kimberly Ampuero on

It amazes me how many differences exist in cultures. For what seems normal to a person of one culture may seem very abstract to a person from another culture. The difference seen in the video unfortunately are the rights a person has. In America, we are entitled to all of these rights however we take them for granted. Someone on the other side of the world wishes they had some sort of say but they cannot speak for themselves because of the setting they are in. The sex trafficking of boys and men in America is another issue that goes unnoticed. The statistics in this article are very surprising and it is unfortunate this issue is barely addressed. Although it is a tragedy what is happening around the world, the video sends a beautiful message."I'am the voice of the voiceless" Everyone needs to get together to make the world a better place and enrich our society which is unfortunately at the moment so corrupted. If we aware others of these tragedies that are happening around the world, change will happen. At this time we need change for our brothers and sisters around the world #together

Submitted by Amber Gosser on

Human trafficking is a crime, and its more widely recognized in America, than in other countries. Every voice matters when dealing with human trafficking. Human Rights are entitled to everyone from birth, and to have those stripped away as a child is hear wrenching to listen to. The video thats attached to this article is unbelievable. Its hard really, to grasp what is actually going on in other countries. Sometimes we are so focused on ourselves we forget that other people have it much worse then we do. We need to get together as a society and help as many people suffering as possible. Everyone needs to read this article. People need to be educated, and have a voice in this world. By creating such informational, and inspiring articles, we can reach out to everyone and try to make a difference. Its time to change the world and help those who need to be helped. Lets focus on the WE instead of the I

Submitted by Anonymous on

Whenever I think of human trafficking I associate it with women/girls, but I never thought once about a boy/man being involved.This article brings the attention to the fact that we have blindly turned an eye on the fact boys/men are also struck in those same situation as those girls/women. The article says that it's estimated that there is about 529 shelter beds in a America for victims of human trafficking but only two of those beds are set aside for boys. To think that out of 21 million people who are trapped in human trafficking right now 3% of that being men/boys and there is only two beds for them, it's hard to even think we have forgotten that a human is a human. That we are willing to make more space for girls but it shouldn't matter they should have an equal amount of space for both. It's does not matter what gender they are they need our help. Just like in Faiths video it should not matter what gender, age, race is because we all are human and we deserve our human rights to be treated equally and fairly. The video is so powerful and allows those people to be heard, which is why we need to bring the attention of human rights for everyone.

Submitted by Peter Yuen on

You will be shocked with the amount of people who keep everything to themselves afraid of telling others, mainly because they are afraid of breaking norms. That is why you see so many individuals who do not seek for help when needed, because they are afraid of what society would think of these individuals. These minorities are often overseen by everyone else because we woulead least likely suspect that there would be something taking advantage of. Since they are usually overseen people would overlook them and sometimes ignore what they are attempting to say or is saying, but if we just all reunite and speak up we can end all these issues. These voices combined will not only make a difference but an impact on the entire world. Helping out the voiceless would change the lives of many of these minorities, it'll create a ripple affect. Not only will one start speaking out, but it'll start spreading out to others allowing them to speak up along with them. Meaning there would be no more minorities because they have connected with each other and making a voice for each other.

Submitted by Noura Anani on

As a person you not only want to believe that such cruelty does not exist, but you have this need to protect those people. Why we have this need? When we see others do something, anything we put ourselves in that situation to understand what we are seeing better. So when we see others being hurt it's like we are being hurt ourselves. So, in a way we are all connected. Not only that but love also connects us. Kanwal Kayum is a human being, everyone in that video is a human being who deserve basic human rights. All of us together need to be the voice for the voiceless.

Submitted by Kevin Lee on

Ignorance is prevalent on the idea of how abuse in all its wicked forms are neglected. Society can be seduced by a beautiful lie, but the ugly truth will open eyes. Sex trafficking is a serious problem that is not given the right amount of attention. Awareness on abuse is imperative. Rather than focusing on, 'How can I?', let us unify so that the desperation of human rights can be achieved. With a one voice, let the message of global empathy be shared. Treat others as you want to be treated, a golden rule, that should encompass the world. The world is in dire of love. Let us substitute ignorance with love so that we can voice what is not heard, Let us be #Together!

Submitted by Jimmy Rodriguez on

The statistics are shocking. I was not aware of the number of men who were affected by human trafficking. I can understand why they would not want to tell anyone because of in masculinity. There needs to be a way to raise awareness of this without making the men feel ashamed for what had happen to them.

The video sent a powerful message. Although it was hard to watch, we need to accept that events like this happen everyday. Brutal acts of violence is unacceptable in todays society and it needs to end immediately.

Submitted by Natalia Jallorina on

This article and the video is very informative and compelling because I'm not aware about this issues are still happening. Therefore, I was surprised to know that the statistics of sexual trafficking is very high. Also, knowing how high is, it made me realized that people should start to take actions about this situation. I know that if we all collaborate, we can reduced the percentage of sexual trafficking. As long we work together, I believe that we can solve the problems. Sharing this article in every social media is one step closer to solve this issues. Therefore, letting every one know that this issues are still exist, we can come together to find a solution about this issues.

Submitted by Min Ji Kim on

The video is so heartbreaking and make me think lots of things. It is so sad that these things are still happening these days. This article make us to think about these issues again. We already know about it, but thats it. It's not our problem, so we don't get more interest in it. However, i think interest is the most powerful thing that can help those people who cannot say their situation. We have to help them by saying out loud. Let's throw out the voice for the voiceless people.

Submitted by Joesene on

After reading this article an watching the video.I felt so thankful for people like you guys,and the fact that sociology focuses and "we," instead of "I",because often time we forget about others.Our own human race.I'm awoken by this article and this five minutes video,It's really touching,and sad.We can do this!let's make our world a better place for our own humankind.A voice for the voiceless!

Submitted by Bemnet Erbeto on

Our voice matter for creating a better future for everyone. Specially for girls and women, who are straggling for equality. No one should be abuse or hurt by others. We have to stand together to stop this action. We need to work in unity to bring change for girls, women and for everyone who is under the influences of any abuse or misuse. Our voice matter and it brings difference. Faith Muthiani did her part, so let us do ours.

Submitted by dustin clark on

i am glad that people who dont have a voice are finally being stood up for. these atrocities cannot go on somehting must be done to help these poor people. it is unfortunate that most of the cases there is no justice for the individuals. countrys should learn to deal with there social issues on their own. the sooner that the rest of the world stops treating america like the world police and asking for help with its domestic issues the sooner that america will stop trying to over step and put its hands into everyone elses business. the video was very insperational though it really spoke to me on an emotional level. again no more cat videos this is the kind of videos that people should be spending their time watching

Submitted by David Thomas on

This was an amazing article, what moves me the most was the video because of how it opened my eyes about these crimes against humanity that effect every single demographic. We normally only hear of crimes towards lack of rights for women but never men and children. With all the acts and law towards human rights you would honestly believe things like this don't exist because you don't really about problems outside of domestic and sexual abuse. lack of education to women and children place that demographic in a very tough situation and they often ind themselves in what seems to be a never ending cycle. the only way this will end is if we all stand together and take steps to not only protect people going through this but find ways to insure that consequences are forced upon those who are committing these crimes.

Submitted by Leticia Vasconez on

Faith Muthiani is an incredible and admirable person for doing this project. I agree with many of the comments that the topic of " neglecting human rights" is something not many people seem to pay attention to. This issue of violence and being stripped of your human rights is sadly going on globally, in every continent, in almost every country. Just because this issue isn't mentioned on a day to day basis it doesn't mean it isn't happening. These tragedies that are happening to these innocent human beings is heartbreaking. No one should have to suffer any of these forms of torture. Faith was very brave in showing her passion for this project through her video. It was absolutely inspiring! It shows how it only takes one person to start a movement. Our voice really does matter and it is our voice and the voice of others joining that can really make a big impact and reach out to these victims to give them all our help and support!

Submitted by Rosemary Jones on

This article and the video by Faith Muthiani are inspiring and touching to me as I read through the article and watched the video. I think that as someone who is our worlds future it is very important for us to know about not only our rights as humans but about the violence and sexual trafficking that goes on everyday. It is our job to spread awareness and take a stand to make a change. It is hard to think that many people don't really think of this as an issue until something tragic like human trafficking happens to them. Faith is an inspiration to all to spread awareness and to show that everyones voice can be heard if that be from a teacher or a from a global perspective.

Submitted by My Phan on

Voice for the voiceless
When mentioning the phrase "sex trafficking", many of us think of women and girls because they are weak and vulnerable but we forget than boys and young men are also victims of these crimes.
Even in our society, America, still exist these discrimination between sexes. It is easier for a female to admit she is of the third sex to than for male.
These victims are VOICELESS and they do need a VOICE. We are privilege enough to be heard, we should use it as a weapon for the unfortunate.

Submitted by Maksim Korobtchenko on

I have to say I was really impressed and touched from reading this article. It inspired me to become a better person and showed me that everyone's voice matters. Reading what my professor wrote really caught my attention as he was giving a description as to what he does in his sociology class. What really caught my attention though was the video that his former student made about how your voice matters. It made me feel bad about other people around the world who don't have rights. Faith Muthiani has inspired me to do as much as I can to help, by sharing her video I can get even more people on her side. I feel like if we work just as hard as Faith Muthiani we can change the world.

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