As an Indonesian citizen, I have been learning about, while personally witnessing, human trafficking. Hundreds of thousands of Indonesian are trafficked as prostitutes and underpaid labor every year. Besides the fact that it's affecting over 100 countries and 2 million people trafficked each year, trafficking has been covered up as a lucrative opportunity for the poor who seek to earn a decent living. Many have been tricked financially and mentally where victims are stuck for life in the trafficked conditions. I hope i20 can help others own this global problem and be more intentional in their work to eradicate such injustice.
I think leaders should be talking about how to educate the next generation, from young children to college-age youth, about awareness of global problems and the consequences of their action to the world. With the current technology allowing global connectedness, well-informed and empowered youth around the world can bring a massive wave of change and solutions for global problems that are currently unavailable. Through education and youth empowerment, we can foster a sense of responsibility for caring for others and form in their minds a healthy, socially responsible paradigm of life. People may still be surprised by how investing in youth can have infinite ripple effects.