Archive | October 21, 2010

The Hilton Complicit in Human Trafficking!

  The Hilton Complicit in Human Trafficking!

From AVAAZ

It’s shocking. Hilton, one of the most renowned hotel chains in the world, could be complicit in child sexual exploitation, in their own facilities!

Hotels are one of the primary places where slave children are sold for sex by brutal pimps. And Hilton has not even signed up to a basic international Code of Conduct that forces hotels to train their staff to detect, report and assist girls and women forced into the sex industry. Hilton’s action on this would be huge — if they signed up to The Code, it would create a network of Hilton employees in 77 countries and 32,000 hotels working against the rape trade of women and children.

There is no time to lose in stopping this terrifying trade. Sign the petition for Hilton to implement The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children From Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. When we hit 250,000 signatures, we’ll take out ads in major newspapers in McLean, Virginia – the city where Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta lives and works:

The ECPAT Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism gets hotels to train their staff to recognize victims of the rape trade and underage prostitution, educate their guests about the dangers of sex tourism, liaise with local law enforcement and advocate for victim rights. It works by creating a first line of defense against sex trafficking around the world. To date, The Code affects 30 million tourists a year – vastly increasing the chances of arresting those trafficking girls and helping those trapped in the trade.

After brothels were found in Hilton hotels in Ireland and China, thousands sent letters to the hotel chain in protest, and Hilton acknowledged its need to address the problem of child prostitution. But to date no concrete steps have been taken. By shaming Hilton CEO Nasetta in his own home town with a slew of newspaper ads and calling on him to implement The Code, we could force him and his employees to protect children in the most effective way, worldwide.

 At some point in our lives many of us will visit a hotel – which of us would feel comfortable staying in a room where, close by, underage girls are being sold to men and forced to have sex? Sexual tourism that exploits women and girls benefits from hotel staff who look the other way or get a pay off to turn a blind eye. We need hotels to have a zero tolerance policy towards child sexual exploitation in their facilities.

To date, more than 900 companies across the world, including the Radisson and Country Inn Suites hotel, have signed The Code. Hilton is under pressure to join them.

 Every day, hundreds of girls around the world are forced into sexual slavery. Our global call for accountability and training in the world’s largest hotel chain can make a huge dent in this vile trade.

Join in the fight against sex trafficking:

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Tell Hilton Hotels to Prevent Child Prostitution in Their Hotels:
http://www.change.org/petitions/view/tell_hilton_to_prevent_child_prostitution_in_their_hotels

 
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Reliving the Art of Communication

Reliving the Art of Communication

By Hwaa Irfan

No matter how much the ordinary citizen tries to ignore the paranoid activities of governments, and get on with real life before death dawns, today one can bet there is at least one government that will definitely come up with a box of tricks that is guaranteed to reduce the populations desire to vote for them, or for any “political” party.

When the Serbian, Nikola Tesla first discovered radio-telecommunications, beyond reasonable doubt the only intention was to make communication easier for everyone. Well it seems to have gone full circle now, at least in the U.K.   

As the Big Brother first put to fame by T.V. serials in 1970s England becomes more of a governmental obsession,  U.K. “ministers” are planning to resurrect plans to record and archive every Internet click, email, and telephone call made by Joe public according to the British daily, The Daily Mail. The aim is to know every website one visits, when, to whom, and what has been said/written to anyone, anywhere!  We have already witnessed how information communicated via Facebook can turn the life of a member upside down and inside out, out of sheer innocence!

Disregarding the fact that the British citizen no longer has faith in its government believing it to be corrupt, and disregarding the fact that the actions of the British government past and present have led to their insecurity, the standard reason given as to why is to “fight terrorism”.

Bear in mind that recently the U.K., the U.S., and France agreed to sustain, and if not increase military spending, which has been the case despite apparent cuts throughout the global economic crisis. Military spending in real terms rose to $1.53mn in 2009, whereas there has only been an apparent 8% cut by  the British Conservative government for 2010, and a 25% cut for all other departments, with an Al-Qaeda threat which always seems to pop-up at the most appropriate times.

The most likely scenario is that Internet and telephone companies will be expected to register, and archive data. Well, there is a silver lining to every cloud!

  • When was the last time that one spent time with a friend or made new friends!
  • When was the last time one broke the routine of work-home-work!
  • When was the last time one was not dependent on the telephone and/or the Internet as a means of communication with the outside world.
  • When was the last time one expanded ones horizons?

It is probably this kind of lifestyle that has increased people’s insecurities of the unknown, with data from the U.K. (Citysocialising) demonstrating the increased sense of isolation/loneliness that people feel and is not compensated for through online social networking. Of course this high tech, living has not worked out with cyber crime becoming more predominant than physical crime.

When telephone became the means of communication, it allowed us to communicate beyond our physical walking capabilities. At the same time what is taking place when we communicate mainly by phone, and through the Internet is that communication moves towards an increasingly unreal state. Yes, it has become normal, and therefore one believes there is nothing wrong with it, but our relationship with the world is based on our five+ senses.  We lose the use of those five+ senses when we communicate mainly by phone and through the Internet.  For some this may seem like going back to the Dark Ages, but the witch-hunt is on, and prior to the commercialization of telecommunications, speaking was visual, i.e. one could see who one spoke with; when non-verbal communication makes up 55% of our communication that is extremely important.  Instead what we have now is a separation of sight and sound, and this warps our impressions, what we understand , and our reflexes. When we speak on the phone we are dependent on three factors, the voice = sound, previous experience, and the imagination. The imagination takes over when previous experience is speaking on the phone. This is diminished further when communication is through the Internet, because here we are left with a hyppereality that makes the imagination more real than reality!

So, fear not the advances of Big Brother, and seek instead to communicate face-to-face for maybe this is the silent revolution that can bring humanity closer together by forming more meaningful relationships,  and at the same time diminish the kind of relationships that are not healthy for one’s well-being, self development, and needed social change!

 Sources:

Burke, M. “Military Spending Protected in Tory Cuts”. http://socialisteconomicbulletin.blogspot.com/2010/10/military-spending-protected-in-tory.html

 Hinton, C. “Military Spending Rose to $1.52 Trillion in 2009”. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/military-spending-rose-to-153-trillion-in-2009-2010-06-18 

Slack, J. Big Brother Will Snoop on Your Calls and Clicks: Ministers Resurrect Plan to Log All Communications”. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1322071/Ministers-resurrect-Big-Brother-plan-log-communications.html

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