#MyFreedomDay 2019: Students teach the world about modern slavery
Young Post spoke to Hong Kong International School students David Kim, Karlijn Van der Loo and Samara Faruqi to learn how they were spreading the #myfreedomday message.
In the podcast, CNN's Alexandra Field gave students her take on reporting on Vietnamese women sold over the border to become brides in China, debt bondage in Cambodia and the exploitation of domestic workers in Hong Kong.
“Asking the questions is not the difficult job,” she said. “What’s really tough is to be the person who tells the world their own personal story of abuse, of degradation, of subjugation.”
Students at the German Swiss International School in Hong Kong have made a video to raise awareness of the 40 million people working in slavery around the world. They've learned that 1 in 4 slaves are children, and 3 in 4 are women.
In short clips, the students share what freedom means to them: the chance to eat good food, drink clean water, go to school, walk around at night without fear, speak their minds, do sport, travel, choose their careers and pursue their dreams.
Girl power takes on modern slavery in Taipei.
Students at Sacred Hearts Girls School in Taipei say they believe in marriage equality, freedom from debt, equal pay and LGBT rights.
The Bois de Vincennes, a sprawling park on the outskirts of eastern Paris, has been part-commandeered by sex traffickers, who have channeled tens of thousands of Nigerian women and children throughout Europe and as far as Malaysia.
Nadège was one of these women before she managed to escape.
"Even now I don't have hope for myself," she says. "My past already destroyed my future."
Read the full story: http://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/04/africa/paris-nigerian-women-trafficking/index.html
Student Rachel Ahn in South Korea told CNN's Paula Hancocks that she was surprised to learn how widespread modern slavery is. Rachel said she wants to draw attention to people who have their "own dreams and hopes" but are forced to work long hours in fields to facilitate the sale of cheaper produce.
"We should focus on trying to buy fair-trade food," she said.
It's March 14 ... which means it's #MyFreedomDay!
From Asia to Africa and Latin America, students will be shining a light on modern slavery.