According to Vedas and Granthas, it takes millions of lives to be born as a human: to be someone who can work for the welfare of the society, spread love and who can work for the nation. Does that mean we are for sale? Who permits the sale of humans for profit? A mother rears her child in her belly for nine months, bears the most intolerable delivery pain and gives birth and these children are sold. Here, I am addressing all those businessmen who deal with human trafficking.
Millions of people lose their lives for making our nation free from slavery but what about this modern-day slavery? Human trafficking is defined as the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation. It is one of the fastest growing activities of transnational criminal organisations. Complex mental trauma, helplessness, isolation, guilt, self-hatred, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) poor health and such are the consequences of human trafficking. Poverty, lack of education, and lack of economic opportunities in one’s hometown may lead humans to migrate and then be involuntarily trafficked to forced and sex work. Fighting human trafficking is complicated but we all are educated. We are not here to use our knowledge and paste it on exam sheets. The world needs us.
Kayse Lee Maass is an assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at Northeastern University who believes engineers have tools that can help. The same techniques can be used to model supply chains or plan media campaigns that can be adapted to find ways to disrupt trafficking network or organize support survive for survivors. We should volunteer and support anti-trafficking efforts, at least in our community. Provide jobs, internships, skills, training and other opportunities to trafficking survivors.
“You and me – let’s help them set free”.