“…simply make things better for someone else, as if I were to be born again, and that someone else, and it doesn't have to be me, but it could be someone like me, that they would have a better life than I had, that everyone was better. There is something seriously wrong with everyone, and that is something I observed when I was very young. We are the problem, and we need to become better, because we are fucking everything up.”
“So this is who I am. There is something seriously wrong with everyone and we need to fix it, if not for us, then for the future generations."
"Everything I have done in this life, and everything I will do, is for this purpose.”

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Today: Children trafficking

Child trafficking stills exists today. According to this source, 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. Trafficking means that you essentially enslave the child, usually involving kidnapping, and also involving dangerous, immoral, or illegal activities, including forced labor, sexual exploitation, used in the military as soldiers, and within the drug trade. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trafficking_of_children


Recently one news source posted an article regarding the refugees entering Europe, titled:
More than 10,000 refugee children missing in Europe
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/10000-refugee-children-missing-europe-160131164555450.html
 Many fear that the children were taken into the trafficking system. The child trafficking is a lucrative business. This is evident because enslaved children are a cheap labor, and because they can be manipulated to produce high income related business activities. Even though these activities are illegal, they occur. This involves the participation of consumers that pay into the service or products, as well as the business owners or entrepreneurs themselves.

What are the flaws within the current economic sector that allow for these activities involving children trafficking to continue? One drawback is the invisibility of hard currency such as with paper notes and coins. If there were a way to trace all money, such as through an electronic currency, such illegal activities would be severely hampered or crippled. One person raises this point of view:

"A thought experiment, which I don't know the answer to:
What if instead of bitcoin and untraceable transactions, all such illegal means became impossible due to an eventual cashless economy.... wouldn't the (theoretical, remember) elimination of $5 trillion in mostly-illegal larceny, theft, and all the leg-breaking and killing that made it possible, be a better outcome for everyone, than the collective warm fuzzies in the hearts of all libertarians who would otherwise be able to hide their small-time transactions from being recorded by legitimate banks?
In other words, the world would be better off-- at the almost complete expense of large-scale organized crime (drugs, government bribery, oligarch asset-stealing), if EVERY transaction was recorded. Yes, bitcoin fans wouldn't enjoy the small private luxury of saving a few bucks from taxes, but it would be so far outweighed by elimination of theft by powereful people.
Again, a thought experiment. "
 
 http://www.businessinsider.com/beginners-guide-to-money-laundering-2014-10


Also, we can consider what are the reasons/motivation for the consumption of the illegal business involving children? At the heart of this: there exists the desire for pleasure and self-enjoyment. Sometimes this becomes perverted or corrupted for example with child molestation, or using drugs/substances. Asking why this occurs is something wise to do. Though what is happening on the surface and obvious level is that human beings are choosing to engage in something that benefits them personally at the expense of someone else, which includes children in this case. So one way these illegal activities could cease, is through people changing from being selfish to considering all equally and the effects of your actions on other people. Because without the will to consume the activities and perpetuate the activities that are involving and taking advantages of these children, then the activities would surely end.

Also, considering things from the side of the people operating these businesses, some of them are probably wealthy, so they are motivated by greed. And probably within the same business there are those which are poor, who may engage in the illegal activity because they are making money to survive. Chances are, though I don't know for sure, that many if not all of these illegal business would fall completely if people everywhere were taken out of survival where they don't have to worry about making money for their basic existence, because it is given and guaranteed for them, by someone, such as the government or other entity. So in other words, these people who were once extremely poor, now have a moral choice whether to take advantage of these children. Whereas, before they justified the action of taking advantage of these children because they would die themselves or because they have their own family to provide for. I do believe that any illegal business that depends on exploiting individuals in poverty to perform the grunt work of the operation, would fall completely by some economic measure that provides for everyone. Such examples of such proposals include but not limited to: Basic income, Living Income Guaranteed, Universal Income, Unconditional income etc...

In conclusion, there does appear to be several ways to reduce, and potentially end child trafficking through time. These actions would require political participation by citizens of countries, as well as participation of political candidates or politicians to run, propose, and vote on such proposals described here. The current activities that aim to reduce child trafficking is limited to the work of police, or investigative groups. Unfortunately, the incentive and payback of performing these activities are so great, that if the police end one illegal business, another one is likely to spring up elsewhere. Therefore, this writer suggests tackling the incentives and the motivations behind these illegal businesses involving child trafficking as a way to substantially change, and eliminate them.

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