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CNN spent two years following activist Cecila Flores-Oebanda – founder of Visayan Forum Foundation, boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and anti-trafficking police in the Philippines, and made it into a 80 minutes documentary – The Fighters.
Visayan Forum Foundation is a non-governmental organization in the Philippines known for innovations in addressing modern-day slavery, especially human trafficking and the exploitation of domestic workers. VF also provides residential care and community-based programs and services for women and children who have been trafficked. They strategically locate shelters along known trafficking routes, and partner with private sector and transport authorities to guard ports and airports.
I was inspired to write the poem below after viewing the heavy 11.50-19.20 minute mark of this documentary (Youtube seems to only show part 1 of the documentary):
You’re a maniac.
You’re a maniac.
Yes, you’re a maniac.
What you do to little girls,
When you screw with their future years.
The trauma that they go through all day long,
The impact on you once you’re done, long gone.
Your self-pleasure at the expense of underage prepubescents,
Your sickening fetish-circus-unison.
Why don’t you drink your own urine mixed with juice?
Why don’t you do a backbend so that I can view your penis?
Why don’t you strip naked, and dance for me?
Why don’t you let me observe you play with someone else’s dick?
Isn’t that what makes you high?
Why don’t you then try?
Stimulate your very own dick,
Don’t make young girls vomit, and become periodcially sick.
Waking up during the night screaming,
But NO, they are not dreaming.
Because the horrors of their past stays as clear as water,
As the f***ed up you continues on to loiter.
Child – cybersex, porn, rape, and human trafficking,
A vicious cycle for sweet young little things.
You snatched away their childhood,
As you grabbed away their innocence.
You only gave them cruel brutality,
As you skewed their perception of sexuality.
Lost virgin innocence,
Scarred with anxiety and burns.
And what’s left are nightmares and bad dreams,
which stayed on as their only have-beens..
The cycle of supply and demand,
intertwined with our precious young ones.
The industry will continue on to prosper,
As poverty-stricken girls continue to falter.
Child Cybersex industry in Philippines
Children of the Cybersex Dens *DOCUMENTARY* (CNA, Undercover Asia Season 3)
‘She sat there with an eight-year-old girl on her lap and asked me “what do you want me to do with her?”‘ Inside a Filipino cybersex den where pot bellied paedophiles pick girls to be abused on webcam (MailOnline, 12 Jan 2016)
EmancipAsia (Singapore) hopes to combat modern day slavery and human trafficking by raising awareness, advocating change and empowering communities, businesses and individuals to take action to end this horrific crime against humanity.
*They have free film screenings on human trafficking, which allowed me the chance to watch – The Fighters. You can check out the “events” section in their site, or follow their Facebook page to get the latest updates.
Human trafficking and Singapore (*Articles)
Singapore’s government response to human trafficking (*Articles)
Singapore’s Civil Society groups for Workers / Human Trafficking
Project X is a sex workers’ rights group advocating for a fair & safe sex industry and human rights for all.
TWC2 promotes equitable treatment for migrant workers in Singapore.
HOME is dedicated to upholding the rights of migrant workers in Singapore, including victims of human trafficking and forced labour.
SDI Academy believe that our Customised English proficiency courses incorporating the usage of their native languages will help to increase productivity and reduce workplace injuries by solving the language barrier prevalent at workplaces across Singapore’s construction, manufacturing and marine sectors.
Advoc8 aims to empower youth leaders to truly understand the pandemic problem of modern slavery and be at the frontier of advocacy against trafficking.
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