Human Trafficking: The Modern Day Slavery

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Human trafficking awareness day was on the 11th January 2015. This day aims to raise awareness about human trafficking, something which continues to occur today. It is often referred to as the modern day slavery (Hemani, 2012). Under the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, human trafficking is described as: “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion… abduction… fraud… deception… [or] abuse of power”. When talking about exploitation, there are many forms that are associated with human trafficking, such as sexual slavery or prostitution, forced labour or even the removal of organs to sell on the ‘black market’.

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HIV/AIDS: Is it just a homosexual male epidemic?

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AIDS is a Gay Man's Disease

History

Upon its discovery, many believed that AIDS was a disease that specifically affected homosexuals. They thought it was a way of ‘God’ determining that homosexual relations were wrong. It was in 1983 that the AIDS epidemic became well profiled in the UK. After the discovery of AIDS infected blood being used in blood transfusions, there was a vast amount of media speculation on the issue. It became clear that more homosexuals were being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS than any other group. This led some newspapers into calling the disease the “Gay Plague” (Daily Telegraph, 1983). It was in September of that year that gay men were asked not to donate blood due to their susceptibility to the illness. At this point, there were only 17 cases of AIDS in the UK, compared to the 2,868 cases in the USA alone (World Health Organisation, 1983).

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Cyberbullying: Does it exist?

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Whilst bullying has traditionally involved physical, psychological and verbal abuse, an increase in the use of technology and social media has given rise to new form of abuse called cyber bullying. Cyber bullying encompasses any form of bullying which takes place online or through a mobile phone. Common cyber abuse includes blackmail, threats, abusive comments, nasty pictures and stolen identity.

Cyber-bullying

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Is bullying just about physicality?

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Stop Bullying

At first, I wasn’t going to write this post because I didn’t believe that bullying would still occur in a University environment. However, that assumption was not correct and I have found that bullying still occurs.

It is interesting to talk about bullying, both from a personal stand-point and a psychological one. Many people believe that “bullying” simply centres on physical aggression. But this isn’t necessarily true. Bullying can be said to be displacement of power; favouring one individual and acting as a detriment to the other. This can be physical, psychological, verbal or, as or more recently, cyber abuse. A recent statistic about the heightened amount of suicides occurring within the UK shocked me. It is estimated that around 11.8% of those aged between 15-24 years committed suicide in 2012 (Samaritans, 2014). Furthermore, Klomek et al. (2010) identified that bullying was the major cause of many suicides, due to its long-lasting effects.

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Alcohol: Do you know your facts?

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It is advised that men do not regularly exceed 3-4 units per day – this is equivalent to a pint and a half of beer/cider, a large glass of wine or 3/4 shots of spirits. Women on the other hand should not regularly exceed 2-3 units per day – this is equivalent to a pint of beer/cider, a medium glass of wine or 2/3 shots of spirits.

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