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Manik

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"We went to the beach to take pictures. I had never seen the ocean before. I was amazed!" -Manik, 10 lives in a small room with his sister Shanti, and loves to fly kites. Though quiet, he is a daring photographer, who likes to experiment with composition. He says he now likes photography more than kites.

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Manik was one of my favorite 'little photographers.' Though he didn't speak too much within the documentary, he was a very typical boy who didn't get along with his sister, but also very rambunctious and mischievous. I was very glad that one of his pictures was the front page of Somerset paper (you can view it here: http://www.kids-with-cameras.org/lib/photos/calcutta/large/manik_hand.jpg) and even happier to learn that he was allowed to go to school and is now 18 and has finished high school as of March 2011.

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Kids with Cameras » News

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This fall, Avijit, 21, will enter his junior year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts studying filmmaking. He's an excellent student who works hard both in the classroom, as well as the two part-time jobs he holds on campus. This year, he was able to save enough money so that he could fly home to India for the summer, in which he hasn't visited in almost two years. He loves making movies and enjoys entering his films into competitions around the nation. You can check out Avijit's short films on his very own YouTube channel.

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This website provides the updated lives of the children from 'Born into Brothels,' one of the children being Avijit. Though the website gives little information or has yet to be updated from around 2009 on their 'About the Kids' page, you can also like their Facebook page to view more of the children's photos and Avijit's progess!

 

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Underground Trade Part Five: Taken into China (Human Trafficking)

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Vietnam is losing its children. The numbers tell only part of the story of human trafficking, and those numbers vary depending on who you ask.
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In this article, Philip Martin, Sr. Investigator Reporter opens with a dreadful fact: Vietnam is losing its children. Although the numbers are different depending on whom you ask, it is roughly around five thousand girls and women have been trafficked into neighboring states since 2004. Many girls have been trafficked into Cambodia and in southern China, where experts have traced this trade in China due to their One Child Policy that traditionally favors boys over girls. Despite US Ambassador Luis CdBaca says: "women who are brought into these situations are being used more as slaves than as wives." Other girls have been targeted just for prostitution. Many young women disappear in the big cities, and those who give birth, their children are held as insurance in the brothels to make sure they do not run away. Philip Martin sits in the car with two girls, whom he dubs as "Qui" and "Phong" along with a lawyer for the anti-trafficking organization: Blue Dragon is Ta Ngoc Van, who prefers to be called Van Ta. Qui had been abducted from her village after she had met a man from an Internet café. She had only been 16 at the time, she had denied the man she had met many times to the invitation of meeting his parents in his home. When she finally accepted the invitation, she was taken to a home before being left alone until a group of men who spoke Chinese, grabbed her and stuffed her into a van and crossed the border into China. Upon arriving to the brothel, Qui was beaten and raped. Her beatings took a turn for the worse when she was found out to be keeping a list of names of other girls who were Vietnamese. The Chinese holders didn't want 
anyone to know the girls were from Vietnam. It is believed that in the town of Guangzhou, China alone, there are about one-thousand brothels (which are heavily disguised) and are organized by gangsters which requires the cooperation of both Chinese and Vietnamese traffickers. After six months of this ordeal, Qui managed to escape with two other girls and was rescued by Van Ta to be reunited with her family.

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Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her ...
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The story of 'Sold' tells the story of a robbed childhood from the voice of the main character: Lakshmi; a thirteen year old girl who lives in the mountains of Nepal with her family. As her family struggles to survive, they take her to the local shop where they sell her on the story that she will be a maid to a woman in a home with 'gold roofs.' Through her long journey from Nepal to Calcutta, she starts to notice the change of her surroundings from the rich, big cities of people, to crowded people on the street and dogs scavenge for food through human waste. Through a traumatic experience of being drugged and being unaware of men who come into her room, Lakshmi quickly learns that she is not a maid for a rich woman in the city, she finds herself saying "you have become one of them," (McCormick 122) a girl like many who are sold into sex trafficking and prostitution in the red light district of Calcutta, India. While trying to keep clear of the head of the brothel (Mumtaz) she has to learn to re-socialize in her environment, learn the city language, and hopefully earn enough rupees to pay her way back home. She learns to introduce herself from one of the other women's young children, one of the small joys she manages to find, as well as reading from the children's book. Lakshimi soon starts to open up to the other girls that also live in the Happiness House brothel with her and soon learns what she can of their lives and become close, since they face the reality that the women are the only ones there for each other. It is then on a rare occasion that an American man comes into the brothel, not to be serviced but persuade Lakshmi out of the terrible life she lives by showing her pictures of other girls in school and being happy. Although she is hesitant, he leaves her a card and does not return for many days. Lakshmi finds herself in a hard decision she must make: either to go with the American man and be saved, or to be found out and punished. One of the many rumors the girls believe in is that Americans make girls like them walk the streets naked in shame, but it is hard to believe when they are not allowed to the outside world. Her decision is then put the test when there is a raid in the brothel and she hears the American man's familiar  voice on the other side of the door, one that could be either of freedom or a continued life of prostitution.

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HumanTrafficking.org | How You Can Help

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Provides information to combat human trafficking through prevention, prosecution, and victim protection.
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On this web page, it describes how one can be aware and tell the signs if one might be in human trafficking. It explains how there are different types of human trafficking, how one gets into it, the indication that one might be a victim (and their characteristics) and also questions you can ask if you suspect one is being a victim. HumanTrafficking.org provides that there are two types of trafficking: which is either sexual or labor. Most of the time, "victims of sex trafficking are often found in the streets," but they are also found in establishments that provides the trade. Some establishments operate in the disguise of massage parlors, modeling studios, or bars. For labor trafficking, the victim can be found in sweatshops, construction sites, or restaurant and custodial work. How one becomes a victim of these crimes is they are often persuaded into thinking that they will be provided with a stable job. Trafficking victims can virtually be anyone from any background. No one ever asks to be exploited. To know of visible trafficking is if the establishment has high security atmosphere: such as bars on windows, electronic surveillance or isolated locations. Often, victims might be escorted by a 'guard' or are driven solely by their guard and are prohibited from leaving the establishment where they are being kept against their will. Victims are kept by the bond of fear, intimidation, and psychological controls. To find the signs if one is a victim look for if they are malnourished, signs of rape or sexual abuse, broken bones or bruises, and post-traumatic stress. Other signs may be that the victim has no money and or if they suffer from verbal or psychological abuse. Lastly, you can ask questions if you suspect the presence of trafficking such as: "Are you free to leave the site?" "What is the pay of the employment?" etc 

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Future Hope - India based NGO dedicated to child charity

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Future Hope: working for child charity, orphan children, and other social activites in Kolkata, India.
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This program also helped one of the children from 'Born into Brothels.' Shanti was able to go to high school and finish with Future Hope and now she is going to college in Mumbai! This program helps many children to go to school and gives them a new home to continue living their lives and eventually go into college or getting paid employment.

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INDONESIA: Condom controversy continues.

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The article explains of the high numbers of HIV that is spreading quickly in Indonesia. As the government of Indonesia tries to campaign the idea of the usage of condoms, it is being criticized by the religious groups that reside in the country. There is also social stigma and sexual taboos that are obstacles fighting against HIV/AIDS in Indonesia, as the country holds the largest Muslim population. Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi had made it clear to the country of Indonesia that if "members of society engage in risky sex, we need to give them religious and reproductive health education... but if they still do it, what we can do is urge them to use condoms to reduce the risks." Even when the government's 2006 "100 percent condom use" idea has been faced with hostility and that Mboi was promoting promiscuity. There are both sides to this problem; many people of Indonesia feel that the idea of promoting condom use should only be targeted to married couples and not to teenagers because it would only promote the idea of having premarital intercourse, and that the idea is bad among adults, but even worse with young children. The other side to this is that much of the government and other organizations that promote the fight against AIDS and have funded to provide protection to the country but there is the fear that if the funding does stop, it could end in disaster for the country.  

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Born Into Brothels 2004 [Oscar winning documentary].avi

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The film shows eight lives of children who are born to mothers who work in brothels of the red light district of Calcutta, India. Though the children are often treated harshly inside the brothels, they soon find solace with British photographer, Zana Briski. Upon meeting them, Briski is delightfully welcomed by the children as they come up to her in wonder and curiosity as she listens to them and plays with them. As she continues with her visit, she takes their pictures and allows them to also take pictures of herself. As they sit together, she notices their intense interest in wanting how to use a camera and takes up the idea of giving each child a camera so that she can "see the world in their eyes." Many of the children's thoughts are interviewed throughout the film as well as their pictures are shown to the audience. Briski also teaches the children that it's OK to dislike certain things and that one does not have to like the same things as someone else. As Briski reviews the children's pictures more and more, she finds that most of the children yearn to go to school, or to have a better life outside the brothels. She takes the initiative to find schools that would take in the children, only to her dismay that some schools would prefer not to and Briski feels it is up to her to make their dreams come true. Eventually, she comes up with the idea to sell the children's pictures in the States as a way to fund for their education in the schools that do allow them to register. In the end, some of the children do go to school, though it is said that some were either taken out of school from their parents or they simply did not wish to continue their education.

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Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even kno...
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'Speak' is written in the dry humor and often anxious voice of a freshman named Melinda Sordino. As she starts her new year, she has lost all of her friends. No one talks to her except to call her a 'squealer.' While she tries to get through the year, she tries to dodge a guy she subs 'IT' and do her art project, she is haunted by the memories of the summer party where she met 'IT' and how she lost her friends. Everyone knows there's something wrong with Melinda, but will she ever be able to speak? 

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Lakshmi (main character's) home country.

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This is a map of Nepal, where Lakshmi lives with her mother, stepfather, and stepbrother. Though the town of where she lives isn't indicated, she spoke of how she was very close to the mountains towards the Himalayas.

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