Cincinnati, Ohio: Imagine that you wake up in a place where you don’t know the culture, you don’t know the laws, and you don’t know the resources. Imagine that you thought you were going to arise to a better life for yourself and your family, but you find yourself on the floor with no bed. You’re working 16 hours a day. Imagine you have no food and no money because someone you trusted took the small amount of money you had “to keep it safe”, and providing you with a one-bedroom apartment, then threatened you with arrest, deportation and kill you if you didn’t continue working without pay. You’re working so many hours that you can’t get home to care for your two small children.
This couldn’t happen in the United States, could it? Certainly, this couldn’t happen to an Indian, could it?
Varadaraj Souda President, Konkani Association of Northern California addressed the press, “It was a great pleasure meeting Harold D’Souza and an honour listening to him. Thank you for giving us insights into this issue and educating us. We definitely need to do more to raise awareness on this topic and this is a step in the right direction. Harold showed the strength by sharing his personal journey which was an eye-opener for us including me”.
Ontario Konkani Association (OKA) in collaboration with Canada India Foundation (CIF), Indus Community Services, North American Konkani Association (NAKA), Chitrapur Heritage Foundation, U.S.A. (CHF), Saraswat Foundation, U.S.A. and Konkani Association of California, U.S.A. (KAOCA) conducted a conversation with Hon. Harold D’Souza on Sunday, March 13, 2022. The interview was conducted by Sadanand Mankikar from Canada.
Kishore Kulkarni from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada said, “The web seminar on human trafficking was so well organized. The subject was delicate but very harsh at the same time, and not taken into consideration by many if not most. It needs a really big and strong heart to come out and express itself in the public domain. Hats off to Harold D’Souza”.
Dr Neha Gutkar stated, “This has been an amazing collaboration with experts from the field. Sometimes experience teaches us more than we can learn from the literature on the topic. In this case, I can see that Harold has lived the pain and he is trying to make a difference, so no other person goes through what he has been through. Harold presented his story to the world and it’s a big achievement in itself and the most difficult thing to do. I look forward to learning and collaborating with Harold D’Souza”.
The information shared by Harold was an eye-opener to gauge the depth of the human trafficking issue and the work which needs to be done. Our admiration for the work Harold is doing in this direction. Canada India Foundation (CIF) was delighted to be a partner with all supporting organizations, expressed Satish Thakkar, Chair, Canada India Foundation.
Sadanand Mankikar the host said, “Harold is truly amazing, full of energy and positivity. May the Lord always bless Harold with good health, happiness and success”.
YouTube link of this event is given here:
Aim high, achieve higher and aspire happiness is the motto of crusader Harold D’Souza.
If you or anyone you suspect is a victim of labor or sex trafficking, dial
Canadian Human Trafficking hotline: 1-833-900-1010 or
in the United States of America call: 1-888-373-7888.