Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Not For Sale

This is kind of a comment or reply post - whatever you'd like to call it, to a post 'Yeh kia jagha hai doston' from my fellow blogger Kanwalful. Instead of posting my comment there at her post. I decided to create a seperate one here so that those of you who are not there, can comment here. I've been reading A LOT  about trafficking and forced prostitution lately. Just finished reading 'The dancing girls of lahore'  and it touched not only my heart but the core of my very soul. I then read some of the articles over internet and saw few documentaries.

This is a sad story; written every day through out the world. Trafficking and forced prostitution is not confined to any particular part of this world. Every day women are going through worst exploitation in the thriving Porno industry ; it is legal to Exploit and even spread perversion of the worst kind through every media including Internet. In this epic of exploitation girls/women are exploited by men & women both. Starting from East Europe to East Asia, sexual exploitation of minors are happening on the street, women are bought and sold on the road side. Every state , every society , every citizen of this world is responsible for this. Those who exploit and those who remain silent and let the trade go on , both are criminals. Including us of course.

It is common practice to call a Woman Sex Worker as Whore/ Slut / Randi / Veshsa but those people who forced them into this trade, those people who support this system by enjoying the exploit they are some one's Daddy / Baba / Abba / Bhaiya / Brother / Husband / Hubby / Shauhar.

According to a UN report about 4 million women and girls worldwide are bought and sold each year - either into prostitution or slavery. Approximately 1 million children enter the sex trade every year. As many as 50,000 women and children from Asia, primarily from subcontinent.

I can't believe we're free for 60 years and prositution is still flocking and I am sure 70 percent of them wouldn't be aware of sexually transmitted diseases or AIDS.It is a really sorry state of affairs. About the HIV awareness campaigns in pakistan, I think it's just cool to talk about HIV these days, sort of a wannabee thing, if you know what i mean? I wish that some of our celebrities start talking about food hygiene, TB and Hep. B&C vaccinations it would help a lot more people but I think that they don't understand the situation. I've seen Waseem Akram talk about diabetes and that was awesome. He's a brand ambassador for blood sugar monitors! Isn't that kool? If only our beloved stars would do more of these practical things instead of trying to talk about issues that don't concern us that much, we would be a healthier nation.

I'll give you an example of the degree of un-awareness in our rural areas: People don't want Polio vaccine for their children because they think it has infertility medicine in it!!

I've read and heard so much about all of it and over the time I've realized that at the end of the day no one really seems to think it's a priority. Many *red light* districts all over the world - they just seem to be *accepted* at this point it seems.

Anyone interested in this topic should watch the PBs documentary called "Born Into Brothels". I could not hold back my tears after watching this one. Check out the website: www.kids-with-cameras.org/bornintobrothels/


Kanwalful said...

Well written Palwasha... That documentary is supposed to be really good but I don't think I want to watch it. I'm sad as it is about this stuff. =(

It's pretty pathetic how women have been forced to stoop to the level that they were during pre-Islamic times in Arabia.

Aeish said...

Thats a very thoughful post Palwasha..I wish everybody could stop for a minute and think about this..i'm glad you're talking about issues here!

P.S Palwasha i've been dying to tell you, I just got Love in the Times of Cholera..will start it tomorrow..I'll keep you updated about that :D

Americanising Desi said...

i have no words to express my disgust. i dont know who is to be blamed and who to be stomped. surely it has come into being because of the demand of it. and like the laws of economics, when there is a demand for something, businesses start coming about, whether right or wrong and then no one can stop it because perfection is far from human capacity!

anuppiee said...

very thoughtful ,, follow u :)
p.s. i liked all the pictures on ur blog ..
ill see you around.. :)

N J said...

Very impressive write-up. The question remains clueless on our minds... Who is to be blamed? From where the correction needed to be done! Well, I hope everyone would take few minutes to think over it. Will check out the website. Thanx for sharing it.

Vanessa said...

I'm glad you decided to write about such a serious issue. It's awful what some women have to go through. I may check that documentary out in the future-- looks really interesting.

Megan said...

This is a really great post. I think its always a good thing to raise awareness of these sort of crimes because alot of the time we go on with our lives oblivious that these things are even happening. I will have to try and watch the documentry.

Timmy said...

:O you could have made the blog a bit more cleaner ? -__-

Timmy said...

I cant remove it :(

Apoyando said...

Thoughtful post.
Should have tried posting some more figures and survey researches,just to make it sound more effective.

Palwasha N. Minhas said...

Thank you all for stopping by, reading and for letting me know your views.

Yes the question is still unanswered that who is to be blamed. But don't we all already know the answers?

Maliha Haider said...
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Maliha Haider said...

I wonder, if you don't find any hesitation in getting along with such women.. do you mind if they come to your place? do you mind inviting them in your family occasions, do you mind if they sit next to you?

My Questions to all Pakistani and Indian people (particularly) out here..

We are a product of an ultimate age of deception.. Built-in double standards rock Yo!

(Maliha, come back).. Uhh alright! I partially agree with you here, agreed on the catastrophic dilemma and responsibility part.. WE ALL ARE EQUALLY RESPONSIBLE, but on the contrary, I am stick on my view that being an individual, It's YOU and YOU only who will or will not amend your story.

P.S: Palwasha, I daily look for your post, be regular (slap salp salp:P)

Sourav !!! said...

Strong content, stronger is the writer and strongest are the thoughts !

Well done, no matter how much, but I'm sure this post would do it bit in extending awareness about such an issue !

Be it Pakistan, India, US, or any other country, this issue is a shame to mankind .. Forced prostitution !

Btw, I think I'll be here more often, following you now, I don't read much poems though ! ohhh yeah, I'm following you. :)

Expecting you back on my blog, you bet I am :P :D

Take care :)

Sourav...in love with me and life