Being Proactive about Human Trafficking in Astana, Kazakhstan

73350_483556798352833_1587163499_nThe following is something I read on Facebook where I’m getting most of my news these days.  I’m busy working on a book so I am feeling isolated from the rest of the world. That’s why I thought I would share these photos because I am so encouraged by people DOING something. I’m glad that expats continue to be pro-active by raising awareness in Kazakhstan about Human Trafficking especially in Astana.

“On December 9, 2012 Center for human traffic victims Korgau-Astana supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Astana organized an event in the framework of the International Human Rights Day. The main purpose of the event was to raise general public’s awareness on human trafficking and spread the contact information for those who know about or can become potential victims. The event was organized in one of the busiest entertainment centers of Kazakh capital Khan Shatyr and gathered big attention from the general public and press.”

248771_483557958352717_798962127_n27267_483555995019580_1408194383_nMy Russian isn’t that good but I can read what was projected on the screen and understand that people are made to work as slaves against their will for the dollars generated: ladies, men and children.

THIS MUST STOP!  Awareness and knowing where to go to get help is part of the solution. How ironic that this show was staged to attract attention from shoppers in Khan Shatyr with dancers. It was only seen by the elite among those in Kazakhstan.  Unfortunately, the warning should be sounded loud and clear in the Central Asian countrysides where the vulnerable people are, desperate for a job.  They will believe any lie given to them about moving to the BIG CITY!

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