Not For Sale Job # 2956

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Job # 2956 Not For Sale

Posted Date
Feb 15, 2007 @ 16:27
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Feb 17, 2007
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The project is "Not For Sale". It is a documentary about modern day abolitionists who are working around the world to help stop human trafficking and modern day slavery.

Two of the people being interviewed are speaking in their native languages. We need voiceovers done in English with specific accents.

1. Male: Italian accent. serious, caring, hopeful. Middle aged, mid to deep voice tone.

2. Female: Spanish accent. serious, determined, caring, slightly animated. middle age mid range.

This is a not for profit project where all the proceeds will go directly to those front line groups that are fighting against trafficking and slavery.

Lucy: Translation – Short:

Generacion realized the complexity of street children at two specific moments:
The first moment was when we were working with the children and youth that were in the juvenile halls. A jail—that had very bad conditions for children. In that moment we realized that the majority of the population in the juvenile hall where people that did not have a mother or a father that could speak up for them –98% of children that were in the juvenile hall were children living in the streets.

When we started working with this population, we realized that with very little effort, we could improve their life.

It was at the end of the 80’s, when we were already working with a small group of children that were doing their transition from street children to working children, that the public places such as San Martin square, Plaza Grau square, Parque canepa, saw an increase in the population of street children. These were children that were escaping from the violence in their cities, which originated from the internal armed conflict that our country was experiencing. This increase was getting larger day by day.

At the same time, there was occurring an attempt against the children’s life. There were death squads that went to the public spaces in the afternoon and shot the children and youth that lived in the streets. The youth and children living in the streets knew that we were helping a small group of children to go ahead with their lives. This group of children asked for help, and we did not have any other choice than to help them. When we decided to host the children, 600 children arrived in our office. When we asked for help from the institutions of the state, they responded with repression against our organization.

At that moment, we were in the middle of an institutional crisis. We had a group of workers that were affected by these circumstances. The children slept on, under and inside their desks; their papers where they did their writings ended up in the bathroom when there was not enough toilet paper, … having 600 children in a house was not easy, so the workers gave me an ultimatum: “The children or our work”

Generacion said “the children” because we wanted to help them find an alternative way of life.

…this was not easy because all sectors of society turned against us.

This was the second moment for Generacion to discover: that there was a big group of kids that came from rural cities that were escaping from the internal war that the country was living through.

There are a lot of children that decide to live in the streets mainly because of problems with their families – Ill-treatment and violence inside the family are some of the reasons they leave.

A child might also leave home because the family does not function well or because the step-father does not want to offer support. Then, the child meets other children in the street that are looking for possibilities to find a different life. However, society immediately stigmatizes these children and persecutes them.

The night is the hardest time for a child that lives in the streets because they have to face the violence that exists there. They have to confront the people that try to rape and exploit them, and they have to escape from the people that try to put them in jail.

There are people with basic instincts, pedophiles that search for street children because they think that nobody will defend them, and they are not completely wrong. In our experiences, the police authorities usually do not defend street children, rather, they defend the exploiters.

There is sadly a sexual commerce in our country, where people try to convince young boys and girls to get involve in this underworld.

There are a lot of people that make money exploiting children, and this is a system that works like a mafia. There are motels that do not care if a child goes inside the place, and these places may even have a policeman guarding the door. Police protect the clients, and we currently don’t have a reliable authority where we can go and report these pedophiles.

We organize a mass every May 1st – labor’s day –to honor the street children that have died. This past May 1st the children from Generacion organized a religious ceremony to honor the street children that have died. Children have died due to Tuberculosis, or AIDS, or in an accident, or they were killed. The struggle to survive is hard. The average life span of a street kid is 26 years. Those pictures are the pictures of every child that has died, and the photos are carried by people that were there friends. They are kids that knew them very well.

The goals of a child who comes to Generacion are many: they can be human beings that do good, can have an entrepreneurial spirit, can build their own life, can be happy, can take care of their families, and have dignity, pride, moral and civic values that allow them to be good citizens. They want to make use of their citizenship to participate in the construction of their own destiny. The goal is that they can transform all the negative energy that they have received during their lives and become good human beings.

Cesare Lo Deserto:

Regina Pacis Interview Translation provided by: Enrico Ferri

It is clear that throughout the years there has been a change in the type of women we get here. We started this activity, initially with Albanian girls who were coming through this coast, especially since Albania is only 70 km away from the Italian coast. And then at one point we started finding a lot of women from the eastern block, because they were being traded through the Eastern European countries and then they were taken through the Balkans to Alabania then from there to Italy and then to Europe. Regina Pacis has become the one place where we can welcome these girls first. And incidentally, we have seen a lot of these traffickers being secured to justice.

From the exterior, the structure may resemble a prison but that’s because of security. We are talking about protected shelter. You need to understand that these women are taken from criminals who have much interest in taking them back into the trade. These women must be defended in structures like this effectively by hiding them. The security has been arranged by local police, who has established that there is a certain risk involved with my job.

This is not a problem really. You do it with serenity and you do it with great conviction. These women must be protected. They must be helped. For these women you must give your life. They must be hidden from the criminals. They have felt a long period of suffering and hence to risk your life, especially for a priest, is almost like a duty. I have nothing to lose but life and life is a gift of god and this is really a way to earn yourself a spot in the afterlife. This is what the gospels say.

Today in Italy the major part of the women that we shelter here are from the east. Why? Because they are beautiful women, they are also poor women that are taken to Italy and we basically pick them up along the streets here in Italy. We’re talking about women that come from Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Kazakastan, countries where people live with the hope of a better life but in fact they end up being used and commercialized along the Italian streets. We then take them and enclose them in this structure, in this place, but then with the hope that they can then start walking on their own feet again, with better hope for the future.

How many girls we’ve helped? It’s quite a lot. How many girls were we able to hand back to their children, to their families! How can you forget all of these things? The story of these girls is a continuous story, it’s a never ending story. The story of one of these girls, I remember, that at one point starts believing that her life can really change. I can never forget the time where I had seen this woman being able to hug her own son after years and years of prostitution.

We’ve asked ourselves a very important question. Why should we wait for these women to become victims? Why wait for these women to become slaves in order help them? We chose to go into the countries where these women are from and we find them in the schools, in the families, and we talk to them, we talk to them about human trafficking. This has been our success, our success in Moldova, Romania and many other countries in Eastern Europe. This was our choice to go at the source of the problem. We chose to go in the poor villages where there is not water, where there is no food, where there is no heating, where the children of these women cry because they don’t have anything. We chose to be next to them to make them understand that the problem must be defeated there, through the development. And in fact we chose to open a few working activities to help these women to fight the poverty and especially to prevent them from losing their dignity and their beauty. This was our choice in Moldova. These choices are courageous, tough, and strong. They’re done so that we don’t have to call these women victims. Because first of all, they are wonderful women that just need to be helped in their environment, in their family.

I’m a man of hope. I’m a man that doesn’t accept defeat. I don’t accept the suffering of other people. So I wish that all of the women of the world, especially those from the east for which I work so much, could enjoy a life with their husbands and not be exploited. It is clear that all of this right now it’s a dream but for a man with faith the dream is just a precursor for a miracle, and I believe in it. I believe in it because it’s been years that I’ve been working in these countries and I had to fight for all of this to happen. And obviously, I can’t do this on my own. You need the will of man. You need new policies. You need new and different developments. You need to be aware that when you work for poor people you become a citizen of the world.

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