"A human trafficker can earn 20 times what he or she paid for a girl. Provided the girl was not physically brutalized to the point of ruining her beauty, the pimp could sell her again for a greater price because he had trained her and broken her spirit, which saves future buyers the hassle. A 2003 study in the Netherlands found that, on average, a single sex slave earned her pimp at least $250,000 a year." - RandomHistory

Monday, June 27, 2011

Press Release


To celebrate the new financial year, Sutherland Shire resident Paul Harvey is starting a 100-day campaign entitled “10,000 push-ups to Crush Slavery” on July 1st to raise awareness about Human Trafficking, Slavery, and Forced Prostitution.

“When I learned that there are 27 million slaves in the world, it made me sick to my stomach. Children are worked to death by age 14 picking some of the cocoa that goes into the chocolate we eat. Girls as young as 6 are sold into forced prostitution and internet porn. There’s whole villages trapped in generations of debt bondage, forced to break rocks in wretched conditions, with no chance of escape. Disposable children thrown overboard with rocks around their ankles to untie fishing nets. The whole thing makes me flaming mad. We simply cannot let this obscene injustice continue.”

“This issue has really caught me by the heart-strings, and I’m going all out to make my campaign as big as one bloke can make it. I’ve got signs, flyers, a website, a Facebook cause, a petition, and I’ve printed a whole range of custom-designed clothing that I've made available online, so now I’m a human billboard for the cause.”

So what does he want from us? Nothing but spreading the word. “This needs more than just once-off sponsorship donations. It needs a change in public opinion. And you can do that by joining my Facebook cause, signing the petition, and sharing it with all your friends.”

“I may be just a regular Dad from the Shire, just another cog in a big city bank, but I believe that I can make a difference, even if I do all 10,000 push-ups on my own.”

You can watch or join Paul doing his fifty push-ups in a suit at 8:30am and another fifty at 12:30am near the MLC Centre in Martin Place every weekday (as weather & council allows), and at assorted locations in Sutherland Shire on the weekend. You can track his progress, learn more about the issue, and join his Facebook cause at http://www.crushslavery.com.


In 2005, the International Labour Organization estimated a global annual profit of US$ 44.3 billion from all forms of slavery, and $33.9 billion from commercial sexual exploitation. Human trafficking is second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable illegal industry in the world.

With a profit margin of 70% or higher, virtually unlimited demand, and desperate poverty producing an unlimited supply of goods that virtually ship themselves “if you kick ‘em hard enough” - it’s a business model that many find simply too good to refuse.

Siddharth Kara’s 2006 research revealed that you can purchase a trafficked girl in Western Europe for an average of US $4 800 (a stunner of course, and already “broken-in” so you’ll get no trouble), then you can earn an average of US $10 570/month by renting out her body. In some countries you can buy a slave for as little as $5. People have become as disposable as paper cups.

And this is not just restricted to a few undeveloped countries. UNODC reports that people are trafficked from 127 countries, to be exploited in 137 countries, including Australia.

But the good news is that we can eradicate slavery in our lifetime, if we all do our part. The world’s leading expert on slavery, Dr Kevin Bales, outlined a comprehensive 25-year plan to abolish slavery in his book “Ending Slavery”. The book outlines hundreds of practical actions we can make at a personal, business, community & government level.



What will you do to stop Human Trafficking & Slavery?