Now, through a series of bizarre coincidences, I find myself headed to India to spend my holidays connecting with real-life survivors; women and children who have been rescued from prostitution, child begging rings, exploitative marriages, sex slavery and bonded servitude. I’m one of 10 volunteers chosen from around the world (the only Canadian), who will escort 20 survivors of human trafficking on a 30-day bicycle trip, to 60 villages.
We will cycle 600 kilometres through southern India, discovering a different culture every 60 kilometres. We will stop at a Tibetan settlement of monks, and visit the Dalit caste, also known as the Untouchables. We will learn from each other, and expose ourselves to the various kinds of suffering in the world.
“We believe that womanhood and childhood are sacred,” says Christina Lagdameo, the project coordinator for Odanadi Seva Trust, a British organization in Mysore that rescues and rehabilitates victims. “Human flesh is not a commodity. Every woman and child deserves a voice.”
People who worship the right god are coming to check up on uncivilized heathens (of false god fame) and teaching them some freedom. How are these jokers allowed to roam the whole India like this and who approves their visa? We don’t see such “freedom campaigns” being run in China by the Westerners, do we?
Turn over any stone in India and you will find a Western-funded “charity” working underneath. Is it a good idea to open your entire country to foriegn citizens like this and give them the run of the land? Indian government seems to have forgotten the fine art of visa control.