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#ScottBrosIndia LIVE Twitter Chat Raising Awareness for Anti-Child Labor and Trafficking

Children are the soul of our society and the lifeblood of our world. There is no keener revelation of a society’s soul than in the way in which it treats its children. However, it’s a sad reality that not every child in this world is treated with love, respect, and protection. Every day thousands of children are trafficked across borders for the purpose of exploitation. Most times coercion and control are used and though trafficking is a crime under international laws in many countries, the International Labor Organization has estimated that 115 million children are trafficked for exploitation of labor and sex, or for doing hazardous jobs with more than 60% of children in these jobs being boys between the ages of 12-17 years of age.  Nevertheless the prime target of the traffickers are most often women and children because they are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination.

Most trafficking stems from rural India where children are forced into labor at minimal wage and many are cut off from their families, constantly abused, and some are treated as sex slaves.

Scott brothers Jonathan, JD and Drew in New Delhi at World Vision education project being taught a cultural dance by local children. Image Credit: World Vision/Scott Brothers Entertainment

Scott brothers Jonathan, JD and Drew in New Delhi at World Vision education project being taught a cultural dance by local children. Image Credit: World Vision Canada/The Scott Brothers

One foundation that works closely with law enforcement, governments, and non-governmental organizations on all aspects of anti-child labor and trafficking is World Vision. Throughout the years they have been working to prevent and lessen the effects of human trafficking through educating families and children on how to migrate safely, while supporting communities and creating awareness to helping  families identify traffickers and vulnerable children. Within the inclusive profile of trafficking in the world, India is the country of both transit and destination, as they are both supplier as well as “consumer”.

This past week World Vision recently named HGTV and W Network’s Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott as World Vision Global Ambassadors. The Scott Brothers are currently in India to help raise awareness on a global platform about the horrific crimes against children. The twins along with their older brother JD are witnessing first-hand accounts of the many challenges and tribulations children are facing each day by visiting those who are a part of World Vision’s “Rights on the Streets” project, which provides educational, nutritional, and vocational training for approximately 5,000 children living and working on the streets.

Drew interviewing Arti, a 10 year-old former child laborer whom World Vision is now providing education to. She is no longer a rag picker or employed on the streets. Image Credit: World Vision Canada/The Scott Brothers

In a press release, Drew Scott shares how he and and his brothers have always been passionate about giving youth a chance to live the life that they deserve. “Our opportunity to engage with some amazing children in India is another leg of our long journey to raise awareness on the conditions that many kids face worldwide. It’s about giving a voice to those in need. We can all make a difference.”

As World Vision works to highlight the problem of countless children working in the 3D Jobs (dirty, dangerous and degrading), the foundation is asking Canadians to take action by joining a movement of concerned Canadians and being more ethical consumers.

Dave Toycen, President of World Vision Canada asks Canadians to become proactive and helpful in change. “Extreme poverty is a reality for millions of children in India who end up working as child laborers for less than 50 cents a day. The work is damaging to their bodies, their minds and their well-being.”

Drew and Jonathan are in the midst of shooting Season 3 of their popular home show, Property Brothers in Vancouver, BC but during their stay in India, they have been sharing with fans via their Twitter and Facebook profiles about their visit. Jonathan tweeted on Friday that they received the warmest welcome from an entire community, clearly affecting him. “It warms my heart and soul to know I have the ability to improve the life of a child I’ve never met and the community they call home,” he says in a statement to World Vision.

Jonathan prepares to do some magic tricks for the kids. Image Credit: World Vision Canada/The Scott Brothers

Tonight the Scott Brothers invite media and the public to join them on Twitter in a live discussion following their first few days in New Delhi, India with World Vision. Helping to raise awareness for anti-labor and trafficking, the Scott brothers urge you to tweet them with your questions about their trip using the hashtag, #ScottBrosIndia. They have been in New Delhi since April 10 and are open to chatting about their experiences so far, along with the challenges, the heartwarming stories, and all the great work World Vision is doing in order to give kids a bright and prosperous future.

Fans can submit questions via Twitter using hashtag, #ScottBrosIndia to @MrSilverScott, @MrDrewScott and @MrJDScottThe live chat is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. EST/6:00pm PST on Monday, April 15, 2013.

World Vision is a Christian relief aid, development and advocacy organization that is dedicated to working with children, families and communities to abolish poverty and injustice. Regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender, the organization serves to help all. Visit their News Center for more information.

Follow Drew, Jonathan and JD on Twitter and be sure to watch videos from their visit to India on their YouTube channel, Scott Brothers Entertainment.

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