Light Warriors – A RMF membership program to end human trafficking

Light warriors is the global membership initiative of the Ricky Martin Foundation. Our goal is to create an army of peacemakers to denounce and combat human trafficking . By joining our fight and recruiting others you will help us end modern day slavery. A light warrior is defined by honor and bravery. Their aim is to do justice and find peace for those who have been deprived from their freedom.

Become a Light Warrior and help us make our education programs to prevent human trafficking and child exploitation a reality. Your support will further strengthen our research about this modern scourge, and help us build us the Tau Center for Children in Puerto Rico.

With your monthly or annual contribution ($ 2.00 – $ 50.00), you become a global member of the Ricky Martin Foundation. You will receive our social impact report, know how you can help deter and report child exploitation, as well as receive discounts on our e-shop, and participate in our raffles.

Light Warriors will receive:
I. RMF Quarterly Newsletter
II. 5% discount on the E-SHOP
III. Raffles Memorabilia/ Merchandise RMF
IV. RMF Social Impact Report
V. Your e-certificate for the Warrior Beam for Facebook

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Five women arrested for trafficking of newborn baby girl in India

From Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore Nov 10

Five women have been arrested for being involved in the trafficking of a newborn girl, born of an illicit relationship, at Lady Goschen Hospital here.

The arrested are Yashodha, Champa, Pramila, Sukanya and Gulabi. Yashodha from Beltangady taluk, with the help of the hospital sweepers Pramila and Sukanya, sold her illicit newborn girl soon after the delivery in the same hospital. After the matter came to the notice of Venur police following a complaint filed by Venur residents, the police investigated the case and traced the five accused.

Addressing a press meet here on Saturday November 10, SP Abhishek Goyal said that Yashodha, whose husband was in Mumbai, delivered a girl baby on April 2, 2012 after being admitted at Lady Goshchen hospital the previous day. It was her second child. Yashodha’s elder sister Champa, an accused in the case made Yashodha stay with her.

Yashodha was reluctant to keep the child with her and planned to sell it off. Sweepers in Lady Goshchen hospital namely Pramila and Sukanya promised to help Yashodha in this case.

Goyal added that both the sweepers contacted an outside party, Gulabi, a beedi worker in this regard. Gulabi offered to buy the baby for Rs 22,000, out of which Rs 12,000 was shared by the two sweepers. Gulabi then sold off the baby to Jayaraj and Rajivi couple, residents of Varkady village in Kasargod taluk, 7 months ago. The couple were married for 25 years without a child. Jayaraj, a bank employee, did not follow any of the legal procedures in adopting the baby.

Read more: Illegal birth in India

The city’s Child Welfare Committee member Vanitha Torvi said that in this particular case, there was illegal birth, illegal sale and illegal adoption. About the birth, she said, “llicit pregnancy results in disrespect to the child and the mother too. ” See: Details about Birth Certificate in India.

A Tale of child trafficking

“Mother selling their own newborns” still happens in poor rural areas. According to a report 10 year ago, in some rural villages in China,  a newborn might be sold by their parents for between 1000 to 2000 RMB ($150 to $300), and usually be taken far away by traffickers and resold for more than five times the price. A recent report reveals that 16 of 168 arrested suspects from the southwest province of Sichuan this year were “producers and traffickers of infants,” a.k.a. mother-traffickers who sold their own babies.

After 3 years, online trafficking rings are still growing in Indonesia

From a recent tweet of Ricky Martin Foundation there is a link about a 14-year-old Indonesian girl trafficked by a Facebook “friend”. The girl was found dumped at a bus station on September 30, while in the same month there were at least seven reports of young girls in Indonesia being abducted by people they met on Facebook, 27 altogether so far this year. An ECPAT International report estimates that each year, 40,000 to 70,000 children are involved in trafficking, pornography or prostitution in Indonesia. In recent years, social media has become a new tool to hunt for victims.

Social networks like Facebook are wildly popular in Indonesia. It’s said that many teenagers post their personal information like addresses and phone numbers publicly, and both youngsters and parents are unaware of the dangers.

Although most people started talking about the online trafficking in Indonesia by the end of October, it was not the first time to raise that topic in the country. On February 17, 2010, cases about trafficking on Facebook  was in discussion on Jakarta Globe. There were 25 reports about child kidnapping and blackmailing using Facebook as the method of contact.

Nothing changed after 3 years, except that there are more victims. Arist Merdeka Sirait, the previous secretary general of National Commission for Child Protection once encouraged parents to play a more active role in monitoring their children’s Internet interaction. But for many parents of teens, it doesn’t work. Trafficking also occurred via networking apps on the phone and text messages. Sirait, now the chairman of the commission, says they are racing against time, and police should move faster or many more girls will become victims.

Rising concerns about child trafficking in big sport events

Various estimates show 15000 children and adults are trafficked in and out of France every year. A vast majority of them do not register complaints after they are sold into forced labour and prostitution. The other part of the problem lies with European travelers who visit other countries, be it for business or for holidays. (From Anustup Roy of Press TV)

French NGOs are launching an awareness campaign, pointing out large sporting events may spark an increase in prostitution and trafficking, like World Cup in South Africa, and UEFA Cup in Ukraine. The children may be abused in France and other countries too, says Yves Charpenel, Director of Scelles Foundation.

Here’s the biggest concern: big international sport events in Brazil which will hold the Confederation Cup in 2013, the Football World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016 expecting a high number of rich tourists from all over the world.

According to Mark Pattison of The Boston Pilot, more progress is being made by the companies who benefit the most financially from major sport events as they lend their considerable weight in deterring child trafficking.

Earlier this year, a consortium of Catholic investment groups did the same with the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. This summer, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility tackled the Olympic Games in London. And Julie Tanner, assistant director of socially responsible investing for Christian Brothers Investment Services, said more companies than ever before responded favorably to their queries.

Christian Brothers Investment Services prepared a report for its member funds, highlighting best practices in preventing child trafficking in their enterprises. The Olympic sponsors approached by Christian Brothers were “a wide range of companies” — mining, cars, customer service products and food.