Defending Haiti’s democracy means much more than merely working to create an alternative government, says Georgette Mulheir. It is also about defending democracy itself: the fundamental values that enable a country to build democratic institutions, share power, and protect the rights of every citizen “. For Georgette Mulheir, these are the foundational elements that sustain and enable the dreams of the Haitian people to be fulfilled. Without a functioning democracy, the country’s immense poverty cannot be reversed; the benefits of the reconstruction efforts of international donors cannot be felt by Haitians; and the cultural dignity of the Haitian people cannot be defended.”
If you search “Haiti child trafficking network” you will be amazed at the amount of websites that have popped up after the earthquake that claim to help the “orphan” children in Haiti, Georgette Mulheir points out. That is really what they are doing, a crime that involves hijacking the photos of the “orphans” and “bogus orphanages” to attract the international donors who, in turn, are using them to raise funds. It is so sad to think of the children in these “fake orphanages” that are really going through a lot of pain and suffering.
They are suffering not only from being taken away from their parents, but also from learning a trade while being forced to work for as little as 7 US cents per day. All for the “privilege” of living under fake roofs in Haiti. There are many ways to prevent the modern-day slave trade, from educating and raising awareness about the issue, to helping authorities to crackdown on slave-trading rings and trafficking networks. According to Georgette Mulheir, the red flags for human trafficking are relatively obvious, and so are the best ways to help stop it. Georgette Mulheir is motivated by the belief that Haiti’s tremendous adversity is the perfect opportunity to be seized to build a better society.
Georgette helped open a new children’s center with the Haitian law society in order to monitor and report on child trafficking. But the state didn’t offer any help. It wasn’t until she brought it to the media’s attention that action was taken. She became a target of the Haitian government, but fortunately she has never been arrested or accused of any crime.” Even still, Georgette Mulheir has been threatened and had her life threatened and yet she stays on fighting for the children of Haiti. Women all over the world are on the frontline of the fight against human trafficking, human trafficking related deaths, human trafficking and sexual violence.