Submitted by jencct on August 23, 2009 - 18:33
Sometimes the cases are truly horrific. "I remember walking into an assembly plant in Thailand a couple years ago and seeing six or seven little children, all under ten years old, sitting on the floor assembling counterfeit leather handbags, " the investigator told me as we drove away from the raid. "The owner had broken the children's legs and tied the lower leg to the thigh so the bones wouldn't mend. He did it because the children said they wanted to go outside and play."
This is a very short excerpt from the book of Dana Thomas entitled "Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster". While some of you may think that this post might be better off in our sister site, Kikay Exchange, it is more fitting for it to be here as we are talking about children.
A few days ago, Ella was telling me that she had watched a video about child slavery. How the kids who were rescued had empty looks, how they could not smile nor play.
It must have been a heart-wrenching video that led her to say that she pledges to try very hard not to buy mass made items.
I was telling her that I could not imagine, for the life of me, what parents and what kind of people would do as I quoted above. That is downright cruel!
Part of the video she watched showed rescued children being sent back to their parents who even refused to take them back!!!! That makes me so angry! Why have them in the first place, right????
While I know I shouldn't be judgmental, why have the kid in the first place, right?? Is it because of lack of information in family planning? Was it because of religion? Was it because of lurv (*rolls eyes* we've heard this so many times!)? Was it because there was violence involved?
But there is NO EXCUSE to do that to children, right? (*sigh*...crumbles to tears) Whatever justification I make in my head, my heart cannot take. So why?? And how can we stop it? Perhaps following Ella's footsteps in not buy mass produced items is one. Let me know if you know of others.