Stolen Innocence: Your Daughters are our Daughters will premiere on Friday, May 23, at 7:00p.m Et on BET and Saturday, May 24 at 10P.M on Centric.
The subject of human trafficking has become a very poignant issue in the United States, especially in Atlanta, GA and other major cities. According to the 2011 FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin on Human Trafficking, “The sexual exploitation of children has become the third largest money generator for organized crimes, exceeding the sale of illegal firearms and drugs”.
Recently, the world has become outraged with the Islamist Nationalist group headed by Boko Haram, he and his insurgents abducted nearly 300 school aged girls in efforts to exploit them for sex in Nigeria.
According to the New York Times, “On April 15, 2014 Boko Haram insurgents abducted more than 300 students from Chibok Governnment Girls Secondary School. Police say 53 managed to escape and 276 remain in captivity...”
The women’s groups Links and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin have devoted countless hours in educating local residents on the ills of human trafficking. Now BET Networks in conjunction with Arise TV will address this issue on an international scale. “Stolen Innocence: Your Daughters are our Daughters “will premiere on Friday, May 23, at 7:00p.m Et on BET and Saturday, May 24 at 10P.M on Centric.
Moderated by Lola Ogunnaike and Marc Lamont Hill, the one-hour community town hall forum, takes place in Atlanta, GA. This forum “will focus on the recent kidnappings of nearly 300 Nigerian school girls, the global response to this crisis and the rising exploitation of children around the world.”
The Examiner was eager to ask Marc Lamont Hill, the American academic and journalist, the important questions that many people really want to know.
Please see below for the exclusive interview about the 300 missing Nigerian girls:
Examiner: With all the issues that are going on in the world, why have a forum about these 300 missing girls?
Marc Lamont Hill: “Our role is to respond to what is in the news; there is a need to enhance the concern of these Nigerian girls, to push the conversation forward. I must agree, there are a lot of issues going on in the world that are important, so why not talk about these Nigerian girl, why not push this issue forward. “
Examiner: The Boko Haram Terrorist Network is responsible for the rampage. What are the theories on why he began such a brutal rampage?
Marc Lamont Hill: “There is an economic agenda. Boko Haram sales these girls for a couple of American dollars. There is also a pathology to this, but again, it is also economic. Boko Haram and his insurgents are terrorist; the broader agenda of terrorist is to make you afraid. If you send your kids to school and they don’t come back, that will make you afraid. These terrorist want to stop progress, they are against anything progressive. They don’t want progress into the 21st century. They want to stop these girls from getting an education. They want to ensure that their broader agenda will prevail in Nigeria.”
Examiner: I have read that the Nigerian military stated that they are outnumbered and outgunned by the insurgents, how can this happen?
Marc Lamont Hill: “Outside networks are funding Boko Haram. Al Qaeda is linked to this organization. There are giving Boko Haram guns and money to expand the Al Qaeda network.”
Examiner: What countries are beginning to help the Nigerian military?
Marc Lamont Hill: “Many countries are beginning to help; Israel and neighboring African countries are just a few of the countries that are giving support to Nigeria. The U.S is currently discussing what forms of help they want to present. Will the help be in terms of funding, searching for the girls, medical relief, or as a diplomatic liaison to negotiate with Boko Haram to bring these girls back.”
Examiner: What can BET and Centric viewers expect to learn from this town hall meeting “BROKEN INNOCENCE: YOUR DAUGHTERS ARE OUR DAUGHTER.”
Marc Lamont Hill: “Viewers can expect a through overview; they will learn the next steps that will be taken to bring these 300 Nigerian girls back home; they will learn more about the issues of human trafficking across the world, and they will learn more about what they can do to help.
Please tune in on May 23, 2014 at 7:00p.m on BET to watch “BROKEN INNOCENCE: YOUR DAUGHTERS ARE OUT DAUGHTER.”