A new approach is needed to stop child slavery, and other poverty related problems.
Many children born to families who cannot support them become slaves. Many homeless pets are killed.
Much of this is preventable.
Child slavery causes poverty
It causes adults not to work.
It brings a lot of kids into poverty.
It causes children not to attend school.
It puts a great pressure on the resources of poor countries.
It deters benefactors from donating aid to these countries.
Peer pressure can cause suffering
This lady ended up with a child she cannot support. Perhaps she could not afford birth control. Maybe she was embarrassed to buy it or failed to apply it regularly. Maybe she was a victim of peer pressure. Maybe her peers pressured her into an unstable marriage. Maybe her peers told her to make a baby so she could get more money when begging. In many of the less developed countries, people are pressured into doing things of a sexual nature that they might not wish to do. The public must be made aware of the fact that peer pressure is dangerous. It is well known that peer pressure can result in people who would not ordinarily drink, smoke or use narcotics, to do so. Another form of peer pressure is sexual pressure. This can, and does, result in people entering marriages they don't cherish and having children they don't cherish either. It may take the form of asking people why they are not married or do not have children. It may also take the form of encouraging this - or ridicule for not doing so. It may also take the form of encouraging people to make children with the intention of using them. In any case, it is a dangerous form of harassment and must be treated as such. In some of the less developed countries, sexual pressure is common. It is important to educate people about this problem and the problems it causes. To ask an intrusive question, and then make a demeaning comment is plain rude.
If the world were simply informed that it is harmful
to pressure people into unwanted relationships,
and that it is harmful to exploit personal love,
many children would be spared from suffering...
Some see love as something to be exploited.
This love might be of a romantic nature or of another nature.
Some well known examples are those who flirt, marry, or otherwise court,
with the intention of gaining money.
Would you want to marry such a person?
Such people exploit those who love them.
What is worse is that some people exploit the love their own children have for them.
Unlike the former example, this is not so voluntary.
It is reasonable to tell people not to make peer pressure - and not to respond to peer pressure.
E.g. one who exploits children might tell others to do the same, but if he realizes that this causes competition, he might think twice about it.
In many cultures, when you meet new people, you will be asked if you are married. If you are not, you will be asked why. Such harassment leads to many people entering marriages they do not cherish, and having children they do not cherish either. You will also meet people who will suggest you make chioldren for your own fiancial gain. This verbal pressure leads to suffering.
We must influence the policies of projects, which are concerned with the relief of poverty, to adopt new methods. PREVAB has a street paper, called The Solution. This provides education for the public as well as a way for homeless East European immigrants to work. Some of them face a lot of discrimination by employers, and might otherwise be tempted to use their children to make money.
A stressful job! Children should not talk to strangers - much less deal with them when they should be in school.
There are some people who deliberately set out to exploit their children. Unfortunately, we in the wealthier, developed countries encourage a lot of child slavery by paying for it. This makes it more attractive. In a country where child exploitation is common, one can often see groups of men standing around on the streets doing nothing. This does not always mean they are lazy. More often than not it is a sign that a full time job pays very little and is not an attractive option. If resources are scarce, one does not get much of them if one is paid normal wages. Many such men will produce large numbers of children to support themselves. They might claim it is for support in old age but have a very loose definition of what old age is. It is not just for support after age 60. How worried are you about life over 60? The offspring are usually exploited when the parents are quite capable of working. While using one's offspring is a good way to avoid unpleasant work, get richer, and retire early, it makes resources even more scarce. This keeps the cycle going as it makes work an even less attractive option and encourages even more child exploitation. This is worsened by the fact that much of what is produced in the poor countries is bought by the rich countries, making it more expensive and less available to those in the poor countries. Therefore it would be a good idea to educate people in the big consumer nations. The world looks to the developed world for ideas and many of the brighter, influential members of the third world are living and working in the rich world. To educate the rich world is likely to result in change in the poor countries. The less attractive it becomes to use one's offspring, the less likely it will happen. Exploitation of offspring creates many problems.
Lack of adequate birth control can play a role too.
Many poor people are are poor partly because they are disorganized. Many such people fail to apply their birth control regularly. Therefore safe, economical birth control which needs only to be applied once a year would be a good idea.
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There are other ways in which faith in charity may be restored
There is a stereotype of homeless people not wanting to work. This would make sense if most of the homeless were highly skilled and talented, which is not the case. Some people choose to see it this way as it makes it easier to ignore. However, a street paper will provide the homeless with a job, hence proof they they are willing to work. Such a paper could be used to educate the public and, if successful, to raise funds for PREVAB too. Stereotyping can make it difficult for homeless peolpe to get jobs. It must be pointed out that many homeless people make a great effort to help themselves and others.
The public should be correctly informed. There is a common misconception of homeless pets being better off caged or dead. This encourages many people to report them to autorites who take them to detainment facilities where most of them are killed. This is a form of exploitation as they are sold and those which do not sell are killed as this is more econaical than giving them away for free. The public needs to know the facts, so that they will be less likely to support this.
The objects of PREVAB are:
1. SUSTAINABILITY: Sustainable poverty relief. To encourage those who
need charity to make an effort to help themselves, thus making donations
2. EDUCATION: Educating potential exploiters of children (This includes
those who buy products produced by such children, those who do other
things which encourage child exploitation and those who exploit children
directly.) by promoting an awareness of child exploitation and the
problems it causes. Educating those who encourage child exploitation.
Educating those who pressure others into having unwanted children.
Educating those who approve of the detainment and extermination of
3. RESEARCH: Finding the best ways to fight the exploitation of children
and animals. Developing and promoting convenient, easy to use methods
of birth control, to fight child exploitation and related problems. To
find good ways of promoting these methods.
Our founder has already done a lot of research into the causes and
effects of different kinds of injustice. An education of the masses
alone, would prevent a lot of child slavery and other poverty related
problems. PREVAB can be an effective way of fighting these. In the event
that the birth control is developed, it would be useful for both humans
and animals. The birth of unwanted animals often results in
extermination. The most common method of birth control for dogs and cats
is removing portions of their anatomy. This is quite cruel. An
alternative would be useful. A short term fertility regulating vaccine
(FRV) for people could prove marketable. A long term FRV for animals
could prove marketable. These could be produced at prices which would
make them economical to provide to the poor.
Emanuela de Paula on clothing-optional beach.
What are breasts for?
Are they for feeding your parents?
Old style Indonesian attire.
It is kindly to support your parents. Unfortunately, some parents see this not as an act of kindness, but as something which is owed to them, and bring large numbers of children into poverty with the intention of material gain.
It is also kindly, and selfless, to support those who are of no relation to you when they are too old to, or otherwise unable, to work. This does not cause people to bring large numbers of children into poverty with the intention of material gain.
I was thinking about a conversation I had with a guy I met in Oman. He asked me why I didn't have kids. I asked why I should, and he said they are useful for being sent to the shops to get things for you and that they are useful to support you if you get sick. I pointed out that I would never have kids with those intentions.
Many such people start using their kids when the kids are still kids. The common excuse is that the original intention was to use the kids only for support in old age, or in time of illness. Some of these kids start working at age 5. But, hey, just for the sake of argument, let's say they raise the kid until the kid is 18 without using the kid. Let's say they don't expect the kid to support them at all until the kid is 18. Let's say they tell the kid:
Now here's the deal;
I'll support you for 18 years,
in exchange for which,
I expect you to support me for twice that long.
In areas where resources are scarce, and a full day of work does not get you much, some people find it attractive to produce a large number of children and use them as a source of income. While this may be an easy way to make a living, or just get richer, this is not nice for the kids and it can cause many problems, and can lead to more poverty in the long run.
However, this is not a nice way to treat your children. Some see love as something to be exploited. This love might be of a romantic nature or of another nature. Some well known examples are those who flirt, marry, or otherwise court, with the intention of gaining money. Would you want to marry such a person? Such people exploit those who love them. What is worse is that some people exploit the love their own children have for them. Unlike the former example, this is not so voluntary.
Here's an example: A young man is sitting with some vegetables, and three infants, on a roadside next to a farm. Another man walking along the road stops to buy some of the vegetables. After the vegetables are sold, a tip is requested "Please help me feed my babies..." he asks. The buyer shrugs his shoulders and says "That's not my problem!" The seller calls him a selfish, arrogant bastard. Later, another passer-by makes a purchase and gives him a tip - and some advice. "You shouldn't be making babies if you can't afford to feed them." he says. "You couldn't be more wrong!" the seller says, and adds "I'm making more money now than I was making when I was selling alone. The farm you see behind me is mine. That is my wife working there in the field. When our children are old enough, we'll have them doing the weeding, spraying of insecticide, harvesting and selling. We won't have to hire anyone. We'll be able to stay at home and let the money roll in. Do you see that forest over there? When we have enough kids to provide us with free labour, we'll be able to harvest the bigger trees and burn the rest. Then we'll have some more land for farming and the money will really roll in! By the time I'm 20, we'll have 5 or 6 kids! We'll be living quite comfortably. Sure, we'll have to be very persuasive, and beat them a few times, but we'll retire, happy and fat, at the age of 30! So it's good insurance for old age. My parents use me in that way so it's only fair that I use my children that way too." The giver says, "I can understand you being mad at your parents but you should not take it out on your kids! That's not only a selfish way to treat your children but It will also take jobs which adults really do need." The seller shrugs his shoulders and says "That's not my problem!"
The seller calls the non-giver selfish, but he is selfish too. He is expecting his children to be charitable to him when he is over 30, but he is not very charitable, or considerate, towards them. The giver elaborates on his argument.
It is kind, loving and considerate for a child to support his or her parents when they are too old to work. If the parents truly loved the child, and didn't make or raise the child with the intention of using the child, it is right for the child to help the parents. However, some people have many children because they want the children to work for them or make money for them. They say "It's to help me when I'm too old to work." However, they usually do not wait until they are too old to work. They exploit their children when they are still quite capable of working. Would you spend the best years of your life raising a big family just so you can be happy and fat when you're over 62? Raising kids for this purpose would be a big gamble. The world's resources are getting more scarce. Are you sure your kids will be in a comfortable position to take care of you when you are 62?
But, hey, you can still use them when they're still kids. Just one kid won't make much money for you, but if you make seven, that would be profitable. If you do, it will require some persuasive arguments. You might tell your seven children "I made you. You must reward me. You owe me money." However, if you have a large number of children, they are likely to figure out, sooner or later that you made them with the intention of using them. Why else would you produce so many of them? It is unfair to crowd your children, they will be happier if they don't have a lot of siblings to compete for your attention and love. They might resent this. Your children are under no obligation to give you anything. If they reward someone who over breeds with the intention of exploitation, they may be encouraging many serious problems for your society and the world.
Are you thinking of using your children to support yourself?
In many parts of the world, your friends might tell you to.
You might think your children owe you a living. You brought them here and you cared for them when they were little. You tolerated their screaming - and the embarrassment it caused you in public places. The noises they made at night kept you awake. You cleaned their diapers and other messes. They should be grateful. You could have just thrown them out on the street. So why not persuade them to work for you? Why should you labour in the heat? You can have them do this for you! They are very naive and can be taught to believe in fairies, monsters, Santa Claus and the Bogeyman. They can be beaten if they disobey. They are very energetic and won't join labour unions or go on strike. They can be trained to steal and are unlikely to go to prison if they are caught. They make fantastic beggars. There might be a problem with them keeping most of the money they collect but a few beatings should break them of that. If, during such a beating, you maim or cripple them, they will make even more money when they beg...
While child slavery is a good way to make cheap products, it causes the children to miss their childhood. Childhood should be a time of learning and exploring. Of finding your niche. Not surprisingly, many who miss their childhood grow up to behave much like children.
Unfortunately, in many parts of the world,
peer pressure plays a major role in child slavery.
What is worse is that mainstream media
portrays it in a politically correct manner,
which makes it socially acceptable.
What is the difference between making a child help out on the farm
and child slavery?
Where do you draw the line?
Some work, such as schoolwork, benefits the child. Other work benefits the parent. Should the child be paid a wage for the latter? Should children be made to work for what the parent provides? Or should they be paid a wage for work, in addition to being supported by the parent? Should this wage be to the child's satisfaction? Yes, you made your children but they don't owe you money or labor for that. You make the children by doing sex. Sex is a vice. If they are going to reward someone for doing sex, they may as well reward someone for drinking beer or smoking cannabis. You might tell your seven children "I brought you into this world, I took care of you when you were little. I did you a favour. You should be grateful." But as you don't even know your child when you are making him, or her, this is not personal, and is not done for the love of that particular child. Caring for one's young is a responsibility, not a favour. It is also a natural instinct. In many places, the law says that if you make a child, you must support that child until the child is 18 - even if you are a non-married father. In the USA, 'The Land of the Free,' men have gone to jail because they had not supported their children - even though they were separated from the mother. It is also illegal to stop feeding, or otherwise stop providing what the child needs, because they failed to do chores. Mammals are equipped with breasts to feed their offspring - not their parents. It is the parent animal that cares for the little ones - not vice versa. You might tell your seven children "If you really love me, you'd support me." Your seven children might say "If you really loved us, you wouldn't try to exploit us!"
Many are turning away from traditionalism.
It is traditional, in some cultures, for people to support their parents until the parents die from old age.
This often occurred in small communities where the offspring are living nearby the parents.
In many cases, the parents would provide some land for the offspring to farm.
These days, however, affordable land is harder to get.
Many young people are going to the cities to make money.
They are meeting new people, and making new friends.
Many would rather not send money home.
Many of their friends will also mention that they are sick of sending money home.
Is it a good idea to expect your kids to support you?
What is very distressing is what happens to some of the children. If they are exploited while still children, they miss their childhood. Some parents wait until their children are grown up and educated before exploiting them. This is not as bad as exploiting them when they are children, but it is still bad. Many of the offspring end up spending the best parts of their lives supporting their parents. Sure some will do it, but will they really enjoy it? Kids usually stop inviting their parents to their parties when they are teenagers. There are some who claim they only intend to use their children when they are too old to work. Why don't you just save your money so you can be self supporting when you are over 62? This would be easier and more reliable. Some people exploit their children because they consider their lives to be unacceptably poor, or their jobs to be unacceptably unpleasant. If you consider your life to be unacceptably poor or unpleasant, it is cruel to bring children into this. If you bring children into poverty because you want them to one day give you money, this is selfish. Remember, if people see that you are making an easy living off the earnings of your exploited offspring, you might encourage more exploitation. This can cause other children - like yours - to suffer. -JD
Education changed the definition of cool
Cool people in the earlier days made a show of smoking. It was seen as cool.
Cool people of later days did not, as it had become uncool.
Educating the public about smoking changed the definition of cool.
It is still considered cool, in many cultures, to exploit children.
Needles to say, the public must be made aware of some of the unpleasant consequences of child slavery.
While hunger relief is not an object of the PREVAB project, we mention it to make people give some serious thought as to the outcome of child slavery and related issues. This can have the effect of reducing both child slavery and world hunger.
Peer pressure plays a major role in child slavery.
When trying to solve problems,
education is a good way.
It would be difficult to stop an alcoholic from drinking simply by telling him its bad. He would deny that it is a problem at all. Even if you got him to admit that it is bad, it would still be hard to make him stop. The same is true for people who exploit children. However, in both cases, it would be reasonable and realistic, to get people to stop some of the ways of thinking which are the root causes of much if it. There are still some people who would object even to this. "It's their culture! It must be respected!" This would not stop all of it, but it could stop much of it. They would say. Some say that sexual pressure, the exploitation of love, and child slavery is part of the culture of certain third world areas. Indeed it is. Until recently, it was a major part of mainstream European culture too, but we adapted and this was beneficial. To respect a cultural trait which is harmful is not the sign of a friend. In the old days, in Europe, there was what was known as witch burning. If there was an eccentric old lady in the town who was an embarrassment and a burden, she would be accused of being a witch, therefore possessed by demons. She would be killed in a highly unpleasant way, thus ridding her from the town and scaring off any other such people. That was European culture. Should it have been respected and left alone?
It would be a great idea to fight child slavery by hiring local people, in countries where child slavery is socially acceptable, to go to schools, and newspapers and get them to educate the public. Education can solve problems. In America, 100 years ago, women were not allowed to vote, racism was socially acceptable and was even legally enforced. Homophobia was socially acceptable and was also legally enforced. However, as Americans were educated about these things, such discrimination was made illegal and became socially unacceptable. Not only in America, but in much of the world. We need to have a liberation movement for exploited offspring too, this should be worldwide. Educating the public might result in ethical goods, which are certified as not using child slavery, being popular and marketable.
If the world were simply taught that it is harmful to pressure people into sexual relationships, and that it is harmful to exploit personal love, many children would be spared from suffering.
There are, however, some people who think it is wrong to advise or influence people in other lands. I was talking about fighting child slavery with Steve, a friend who is also a world traveller. He said he disapproved of westerners laying their views on people of other lands. Steve is American himself. I could understatnd his logic. These days, a world traveller does not find much cultural diversity. In almost any country, western clothing is a common sight and western music is a common sound. Giving advice can seem disrespectful, especially if coming from someone who knows less about your culture than you. Even if advice is given by an old friend who is from your culture can be seen as disrespectful. Still, when it given to stop suffering, it is the sign of a true friend.
They smile for the camera, not because they enjoy the labor.
I had to ask myself how I would feel if someome from another country criticized my culture. England is my tribal homeland and therefore the home of my traditional culture. Let's say, as an example: A Somalian journalist calls the editor of a British paper. He says he wants to submit an article to that paper which criticises some of the British companies for taking so many fish from the oceans and producing so much pollution. And to criticises the British public for allowing this. The editor says "You are not English, you are African! You don't know enough about our culture! You shouldn't impose your African ideas on other countries! We don't like foreigners telling us what to do!" and adds "Its none of your business anyway."
The over-fishing of the seas has made piracy more attractive in Somolia.
The Somolian points out that global warming, from the pollution, is increasing the droughts in Africa. He also points out that the fish stocks of the oceans are now only a fraction of what they once were. That both of these factors affect the famines in his country and says "So it certainly is my business mate!" and points out that it is racist to say that he, as an African, has no right to express his view. He adds "I might not know as much as about your culture as you do, but I know other things you don't know."
Again, an inappropriate smile.
There are some who say Westerners should not try to advise people in other countries "You shouldn't impose your Western ideas on other countries!". Many such people are Westerners themselves. The thing is, the world in general has already been influenced by the West. As a world traveller does not find much cultural diversity these days, this is evidence that many people in other lands are quite willing to be influenced. Therefore, it is important to educate the West. If it becomes trendy to fight child slavery in the west, this is likely to influence the world.
Some say a Westerner does not know enough about other cultures to advise them. This is a generalisation, many do. Some say a Westerner has no business doing this. If the products of child labor are sold to Westerners, then it certainly is their business. Some simply don't like Westerners and don't want advice from them. This is just plain xenophobia. Some say a Westerner is guilty of all the problems in the Western world, which is far from perfect. "Hey, you have your welfare queens! How dare you go to other lands and tell people not to use their kids for money!" Well, I am trying to sort these problems out. And, even if I wasn't, being a Westerner does not make me guilty of these problems.
One should keep in mind that sometimes it is of benefit to have an outsider sort out your problems. Sometimes the outsider might be less biased than someone local. That is why a court is best conducted by a judge who does not know either the plaintiff or the defendant. An outsider who cannot speak the local language is more likely to identify with those who cannot speak for themselves. And is less likely to be affected by the excuses locals might make, to hide their crimes, or to feel justified about their crimes. Like 'Yes, I use my kids because, although I can afford to have kids, I am too poor to support myself.'
Child exploitation is a quick fix. A way to make money without working. Just as a man who is feeling miserable might over-indilge in drink to feel better. A man who wants to avoid an unpleasant, low paying job, or get richer, might over-indulge in sexual reproduction to this end. In both cases, this makes the problem worse in the long run. In both cases, peer pressure might play a major role. In both cases, the overindulgence is a deterrent to provide charity, as this is likely to worsen the problem. The difference is that while the drunkard is only hurting himself, the child exploiter is hurting others.
Drinking is commonly encouraged in Russia. Should the Russians be taught not to encourage the drinking of alcohol? Certainly not by any non-Russians. As to offer, and encourage, the drinking of alcohol is part of Russian culture. So, it is not politically correct for anyone from a different race, or nationality, to criticize or advise them. This seems hypocritical as political correctness is also supposed to be against racism.
I was born in Canada, some say that I should stay there and not give advice to anyone who is not from there. Just because some politicians drew some lines on a map and said that anyone born within those lines was their's, is no reason I should not call myself a world citizen, which is what I in fact am. Therefore, whatever happens in the world is my business, and everyone else's. Nationalism is a form of prejudice. Let's not cater to it. -JD
CHILD SLAVERY PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN FAMINE.
1. It causes adults not to work.
2. It causes large numbers of children to be brought into poverty.
3. It causes children not to attend school.
4. It puts a great pressure on the resources of poor countries.
5. It deters benefactors from donating aid to these countries.
Many children born to families who cannot afford to support them are forced to work or beg. Some are made, intentionally, with this in mind.
The fact that it is still socially acceptable, and encouraged by media, plays a major role.
education is important. Many exploiters of children teach the children
that exploitation is good and right. This causes the exploited to adopt
this view and exploit their own offspring. It is important to educate
those who have been indoctrinated. In less developed countries, many
people encourage other people to make and use kids. Many websites which
report child slavery do so in a manner which is sympathetic to the
exploitative parents. They apparently make such portrayals because the
writers are more concerned with their own politically correct image than
with the plight of the victims. This is selfish. This makes child
slavery appear acceptable. Child slavery should be presented in the
media as it really is. Don't be fooled by common misconceptions. E.g.
They have large families as a substitute for old age pension. Firstly,
it is cruel to bring children into poverty for one's own gain. No one -
in their right mind - is going to do so and spend the best part of their
life preparing for age 62. Would you? It would be a gamble. If they are
concerned solely about life over age 62, or periods of unemployment, it
is easier and more reliable to simply save for this. Secondly, child
exploitation does not just happen in areas which lack a pension system.
Many welfare recipients, in rich countries, make children in order to
increase their payments. More often than not, intentional child slavery
is motivated not by extreme poverty, but by unacceptable poverty. At the
end of the day, if your poverty is unacceptable, you should not inflict
this on children.
Is it practical to respect a harmful tradition because it is part of a culture?
Human sacrifice to gods, witch burning and cannibalism have all been part of one culture or another. Should they have been respected and allowed to go on?
Do some people intentionally produce large numbers of children and use them because of extreme poverty? Is this is a way out of such poverty?
In order to have kids one must be in a comfortable position with all one's physical needs met. Extreme poverty might be a motivating factor when one has unplanned children or when one has children and then encounters extreme hardship. Willful, planned child labor is most likely motivated by the the jobs which are available to the parent being unpleasant and of low pay. It is a way to make some extra money or avoid an unpleasant job altogether. In areas where it is common, one sees groups of men standing around on the streets doing nothing.
In the long run, it increases poverty in whole countries. It causes a lot of parents not to work, as they don't have to. It causes people to bring large numbers of children into poverty, many of whom don't go to school. It puts a strain on resources. It makes many people think twice about donating to famine relief.
Is it true that child slavery always involves 'trafficking', the buying or selling of the child?
Some does. Some parents sell thier children to others who use them. Slavery also means involuntary servitude, whereby the child is coerced or pressured into performing service for an exploitative parent or master. Most child slavery does not involve trafficking. In either case, it involves children doing jobs they don't want to do and losing the earnings.
In many cases the use of children is unintentional.
Especially when the parents can't afford to support their children, and have to make the children work during childhood. It is human nature to love one's children - not to subject them to unpleasant circumstances. It would be very inconsiderate to bring children into conditions which one's self considers unacceptable. A considerate parent would not produce children until they are able to comfortably support them. In fact, many parents who send their children out to make money did not intend on having the children at all. They simply could not afford birth control, were afraid to be seen buying it or had it but occasionally missed an application and ended up with unwanted children. They are unable to support the children and so send the children to work or beg. Many such children are made to work in factories, farms, fisheries or brothels.
Some of those children are supporting their families! Would stopping this cause the families to starve?
Some say the children shouldn't be supporting their families as that is the job of the parents. If there were an all out ban on child slavery, the most likely outcome is that the men who stand around on the street would have to work. Laws against child labor and child slavery have been passed in many lands over the past century. Yet none of these resulted in any significant amount of poverty. In fact, it resulted in greater prosperity. However, just for the sake of arguing, let's say that a worldwide ban on child slavery would result in millions of families starving. That would be bad, but do you know what would be worse? Allowing it to go on. It already has caused mass starvation. Why is it that in these high tech times we still have famine? Why are there riots over rising food prices? In the long run, it will be a gamble, with a high risk that many more families will starve if child slavery persists.
Perhaps we could seek out and rescue children from those who make them work?
Those who make them work are usually their parents. Where would we put them if we did? Perhaps we could provide boarding schools for some of the slaves but there are millions of slaves and their numbers are growing daily. There are not enough charitable resources available to do this for many of them.
Should night schools be provided for child slaves?
Some think it would be nice to provide night school which teach money making skills, at no extra charge, for children who work during the day. That way, they can support their families and get an education so they can support their families better when they grow up. This would be quite a strain on the kids. It would also be expensive and make child exploitation more attractive and would create more problems in the long run. Potential exploiters would say "Hey! If we enslave our kids, they will be given free night school lessons to make them even bigger earners! Sounds good!" A better idea would be to give ethical education to the public, giving them a fuller picture of child exploitation and the problems it causes. That way the kids would be less likely to exploit their own kids. This would be less expensive, and, in the long run, more productive.
So, what can we do?
We need a remedy that is inexpensive. Charitable resources are spread quite thinly. Some say that if we raised the standard of living amongst those who enslave children, we could reduce the problem. Great idea, but difficult to do. The world's resources are already in short supply. It's very difficult to get charitable donations. We need an inexpensive alternative.
It would best to stop the problem from happening in the first place. A gram of prevention is worth a kilogram of cure. Ethical education of the masses would result in fewer children being forced to work.
When you see a picture of a ragged, malnourished child, you wonder why. Why would anyone have a child they cannot look after? Why furtherm burden a poor society? Famine relief was trendy in the 70s and 80s and resulted in big projects such as Band Aid. Why is famine relief not so trendy these days?
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Child exploitation in the western world
The world looks to the west for ideas. What kind of example are we setting?
Any legal resident of Norway gets 30,000 Kr for each baby made, plus regular living expenses as the child grows up.
Some people make quite a comfortable living this way.
Income tax is very high in Norway.
The involuntary servitude of children, to provide the parent with money, occurs even in Norway, the richest per capita country in the world.
Child exploitation does not just occur in the third world. It is a well known fact that many people in the first world have children to get more money from the taxpayer. Such people may deny this, but get on welfare and then have a lot of children. This money may take the form of welfare allowances for the children. Some states will not allow adults to get welfare unless they have children. Some states provide a large payment of cash to the parent, for each baby which is born. This is called a baby bonus. In many cases, the child does not get all their money. In these cases, while it is not as bad as child slavery, it is an injustice as the child does not get all the money which is intended for the child.
There are people on welfare who did not produce children to get more money. Some just stumbled on hard times after they had had the kids. Cash payments for them can benefit the kids. The arguments could go on all day. However, the point is this: Child support payments should be spent on children, not anyone else. Paying child support in the form of hot lunches, cards that can only be used for child supplies and food, and the kids own food card, which can only be used to buy nutritious food, one day at a time, for when the kid is old enough to use one, is a much better way to provide that support. As for the lump sum of money which the government pays at birth. If it is greater than what is needed to care for the baby, which it usually is, the excess should be put into a bank account and be given only to the baby, when, and if, the baby turns 21. Those who are truly concerned for the kids and are not out to line their own pockets should have no problem with this. These measures will benefit children but will be less likely, than baby bonuses and similar perks, to encourage abuses.
Child exploitation in the west drains resources from the poor countries.
This makes child slavery a more attractive option in the poor countries.
Hey! That's my money!
Let's unite and fight child slavery!
I have been to 77 countries. I have worked in 9 of them. I have lived, and worked, in the third world. I have visited every continent except Antarctica. I have done this alone as a budget traveller. I saw things most travellers will never see. Most world travellers are fairly wealthy and spend much of their time abroad with groups of other travellers, staying in hotels and going around the towns in taxis. They do not socialize with the locals much. I am different. When I am abroad, I chat with the locals, drink with the locals, date the local women and stay with the local families. I travel on a low budget. I do a lot of hitch hiking, sleeping outside and sleeping on couches of those who are kind enough to accomadate me. I can readily relate to the poor as I myself am poor. However, I have seen some things in some places which I have found deeply shocking.
In some places, I met people who spoke favorably of child exploitation and suggested I make children for this purpose. I came up with some good arguments against this. I love to argue - and I am good at it.
I wish to publicise my arguments. While it is unlikely that this alone will eradicate child slavery, I think I can reduce some of it. The bottom line is this: If I can save just one child from slavery, while providing a job for myself, it will be worth it.
Jim Dixon, founder
It is the children who ultimatly pay the price.
Bless the Beasts and the Children
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