As the main theme of this site, I’d like to introduce the People For Children program of Ricky Martin Foundation. Full text from its official website http://www.rickymartinfoundation.org is as following. RMF has updated the whole website and made it more interactive just before I started this blog. Congrats :)
Our principal project launched in 2004 was created to provide education and solutions for international efforts to abolish child trafficking, a modern form of slavery.
It was born from a humbling experience; in 2002 Martin witnessed the horrors of human trafficking as he rescued three trembling girls living in the impoverished streets of India. Preventing these girls from falling prey to this horrendous crime was a personal awakening.
That was more than a decade ago. Since then, he knew that his Foundation had a moral duty to shed a light on this taboo subject. Education has been our pillar from the outset.
This unscrupulous market — which consists of 27 million victims worldwide, according to the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report — generates up to $32 billion annually, an amount only rivaling that of the trafficking of arms and drugs. Of that 27 million, UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million are children who are trafficked every year to work as forced labor, in the commercial sex industry, in prostitution and in other forms of slavery.
But numbers don’t matter: Preventing one or 200 children from traffickers validates our mission. As stated by the United Nations, human trafficking is one of the greatest human rights challenges of this century around the globe.
No one should be exploited and deprived of his or her freedom. We believe every child has the right to be a child, and we aim to provide this most vulnerable segment of the population, a safer world through a comprehensive and symbiotic vision.
The Ricky Martin Foundation aims to combat child trafficking by building support for the following goals: Global Awareness, Investigations and Education.