- Posted June 30, 2011 by
Budapest - Bodo
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Paper airplanes for freedom
One flies east, one flies west and one flies over the Arctic Circle
This is the second part of an International joint effort to spread an important message against human trafficking and slavery around the Globe. The first part of this assignment was titled “Around the Globe’ I created a paper airplane in Honolulu, Hawaii with the following sentence which I chosen for the assignment:
“Each year, between 600,000 and 800,000 human beings are captured and transported across international borders.”
My request on the paper plane for Freedom was: “Now we have to transport the idea to end human trafficking across international borders!”
After a long journey my paper airplane was caught in Budapest, Hungary, where many signed it and sent it off to a further journey. Then after some more interesting voyage the paper plane with my message arrived in the beautiful Norwegian town, Bodo over the Arctic Circle. It even checked into a hotel. Then three Kids from Bodo who understood the importance of this assignment helped to spread this so important message, that we have to fight against the inhumanity and cruelty of human trafficking in every corner of this Planet until no more a human being will enslave another human being, until, no man, woman or child will become a victim of human trafficking or slavery.
When somebody found the similarity of my title with the so famous nursery rime” “Three geese in a flock - one flies east, one flies west, and one flies over the cuckoo's nest", yes I concisely chose this title which became a great symbol of inhumanity itself in the novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” written by Ken Kesey in 1962. I wanted to emphasize that human traffickers are not just taking control over their innocent victim’s life but they take control over their minds as well. They also brutally murder so many of their victims without mercy or any human feelings. They transport their fellow human beings over international borders like livestock without any conciseness. This horrible practice has to be stopped around the World.
Also I chosen Kids to participate in this second part of my assignment because I believe that we have to pass this pressing issue to the next generation, then we will have a hope to finally stop it. In fact throughout my four reports which I sent in for this great assignment for CNN, my paper plane travels really to East, to West and over the Arctic Circle.
This video is not meant to be an advertisement for any tourist destination or hotel, but to invite everybody to think about human trafficking and participate to fight against it. Actually the hotel scene symbolizes how human traffickers lure their victims by promising a better life. I myself witnessed once in a hotel how human traffickers approach their pray. The street scene symbolizes how often human traffickers bring their victims hidden in cars through International borders.
I thank very much for everybody who helped to make this so important video.
Participants in Bodo, Norway: Dina Stefansen, Sofie Thomassen, William Stefansen
Video Geir Rune Johansen and Hege Stefansen
Video in Budapest, Hungary: Katalin Kutasi
Participant in Budapest, Hungary Zoltan Toth
Film editor: Jutka T. Emoke Barabas, Honolulu, Hawaii US