Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Pop Culture Combats Human Trafficking

From eKantipur.com:

Nepal-- Experts on Sunday said media and popular culture could play an instrumental role in combating human trafficking.

Speaking at a program organized by Rights of Individual for Social Empowerment (RISE) in association with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), in the capital, Gary Lewis, representative of UNODC in South Asia, asked media persons and artists to join hands in global efforts to curb human trafficking. "Voices of people, who are instantly recognized by all, will be greatly helpful in bringing this practice to an end," he added.

He also lauded the initiatives taken by the government in Nepal including ratification of anti-human trafficking protocol to curb this practice. Babita Basnet, president Sancharika Samuha, said a large number of girls in the country are forced to lead a hellish life after being trafficked. "A short visual and a song by popular artists with an anti-trafficking message could bring great change in attitude and thinking of people," she said.

Actress Sanchita Luitel said concerted effort from all stakeholders was essential to curb this crime against humanity. She said gender disparity and illiteracy among rural folks was fueling the problem in Nepal.

Punya Prasad Neupane, secretary at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, said media could play the role of facilitator and be a means to create awareness among people.

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With that in mind, check out part 1 of a 3 part MTV mini series about human trafficking hosted by Lucy Liu:

And let's not forget the single off my forthcoming album Beat Down Human Trafficking, which will be released via the soon-to-be completed official Human Trafficking Project website this spring:

J Nice feat. Meryl- Human Trafficking

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