I wrote this letter as response to a couple of things, one I had been given a short assignment in college to pick one Right from the Declaration of Human Rights and write a brief account of where I felt our country, Ireland was in breach of that Right. Having only escaped prostitution about 14mths previous to this, Article 4 was the only one my mind could possibly focus on.
I had also once tried to get a dear friend of mine out of the country and back to her homeland. We had managed to retrieve her passport and she stayed with me until we could organise a flight. During that week I spoke to a relative of hers to let them know that she would be returning and what the arrangements were. I will always remember their voice and words. My friend never got on that flight, the pimp got to her first. This assignment made me think of that heartbreaking moment for her and her family.
I have a daughter and I wondered how unimaginable it would be if she was trapped in another country to be sexually exploited every day. What would I do? we all watch the movie “Taken” and believe that that would be how we would react but not all fathers have the “particular set of skills” needed to retrieve their daughters. So I thought about what if I was one of the many fathers with lost daughters and what would I say to the country holding her captive and below are those words….
I am writing this letter out of shear desperation, as Ireland you have something belonging to me, something so precious and loved by me and that is my daughter. She is only 18 and left her home to start a new life in Ireland, but Ireland you didn’t give her the dream of a new life, you gave her a nightmare. For you committed the ultimate crime Ireland, you took her freedom, you took everything she once was, for Ireland you are holding my dear daughter captive so she can service the men of your country.
What have you become Ireland that you allow this happen, what has happened the men of your country that they have turned Ireland into a multi-million euro sex haven, such is Ireland’s appetite for sex, that it now tolerates and allows our daughters to be bought in to satisfy these needs and in doing so our daughters, lose their human rights, and are violated, raped, exploited. Oh Ireland this pain is so deep for me, never did I imagine watching my little girl grow up, that she could be taken from me in such a vile way and by a country I once admired.
I need to ask you a question Ireland and I need you to answer it honestly please, do you think that if it was evil men from America enslaving young American girls in Ireland, do you think it would be tolerated, do you think America would tolerate it, is that it Ireland, is it that you only enslave the daughters, sisters, mothers and loved ones of the countries that hold no power, are of no value to you. Please tell me that it isn’t true Ireland, please show me that I am wrong in my thinking of you.
In 1948 Ireland you signed an agreement, a Declaration of Human Rights, why did you sign it? Article 4: No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms. Again I ask you Ireland, why did you sign it, if you don’t believe it, if you can’t stand by it, you lied Ireland, you lied.
But there are now good Irish men and women, standing up to what has happened Ireland, they want to stop this, they want to return our daughters, they want to protect them and they want to make the people who have committed these crimes against our daughters pay. Ireland you must standby your police, who have wanted to stop this slavery for so long but their hands have been tied, please untie their hands and let them protect my child. I’m calling on, begging the good men in Ireland to hear me, to help me, to stand up and let the rest of Ireland know that this sexual slavery cannot and will not be allowed to continue.
Mr. President of Ireland, I have heard that you are a good man, who has insight and knowledge into your country, more than any president that has gone before you, you have fought for justice, equality and freedom your whole life. What has happened Ireland Mr.President? A country that fought for its own freedom and now allows the freedom of young women to be robbed, how has it happened, how? I speak to you not as a president but as one father to another, as a father can you imagine my pain, I can no longer sleep, when I know my child is kept up night after night in Ireland, in pain, alone, afraid, lost and abused by Irish men. Oh please Mr. President I beg you, speak to your government, tell them to change the law so my daughter can be placed in the arms of the good Irish people.
Ireland you are now aware of what is happening in your country, your reporter showed you what our daughters are subjected too, I now place my beloved daughters life in your hands and can only pray you will save her and return her home, I realise that the daughter that left will not be the same one returning, Ireland has made sure of that. I must go now Ireland, as my heart is heavy and my tears are stinging my face, please Ireland if you have any humanity at all, you will stop this, if you don’t Ireland, I’m afraid I will never be able to forgive you, for you have stolen the most precious thing in a father’s life, his daughter.
Mia De Faoite,
On behalf of every father, brother, uncle, son and loved one of the young women who Ireland is keeping enslaved.