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When will the torture end?

When will the torture end?
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Eight minutes may not hold much importance to us but a child in India goes missing every eight minutes. Our country is widely recognized as having the world’s largest number of trafficking and slavery victims, many of whom are children. Exploitation and slavery in India includes sex trafficking, and multiple forms of slave labour. But India is not alone where children, women, and men are trafficked within or across a nation’s borders.

Not My Life, a widely acclaimed film by Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer on human trafficking discusses this issue very effectively. The documentary which is filmed on five continents in a dozen countries is a grim reminder of how human trafficking and slavery is growing rampantly and how we are not doing enough to curb the issue.

Not My Life is the first film to depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. It takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day through labour, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering. Challenging though it may be, Not My Life’s message is ultimately one of hope. Victims of slavery can be set free and go on to live happy and productive lives.

According to Kailash Satyarthi of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, ‘Human memory is very short. We are hurt but what we very quickly forget. Indian children go missing in India every eight minutes. These children become slaves,  work in factories and in brothels, and they are numbered in millions.’  
Commenting on the film Billheimer said, ‘This project is a labour of love. We kept asking, who will speak for those who cannot speak for themselves?  In the end we felt that making Not My Life was not only our job, but our mission, because far too much silence still surrounds this issue.’

The Director General of Doordarshan, Tripurari Sharan made the endeavour to take the film to the remotest corners of the country and overseas where it can be seen, so that it can create the right kind of impact about the horrors of human trafficking.  He said that the problem of human trafficking existed in at least 190 countries and the film had attempted to cover some of these including India. Doordarshan will telecast the 56-minute documentary dubbed in Hindi in its international première on 29 June at 9.30 pm.
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