Today I fly to Egypt to a UN event on trafficking, something I certainly never expected to do. Organised by UN GIFT (Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking) and numerous other entities, the event will last two days, include the premiere of a film called Not My Life and launch a campaign to get business leaders involved in anti-trafficking. As part of the event, the BBC World Service (24-hour international news seen around the world) will hold one of their World Debates, provisionally called Can Human Trafficking Be Stopped? The question is a bit like Does God Exist? but never mind. Anyway, in the British tradition debate means dissent and disagreement, and guess who will be providing that? Interpol’s Secretary-General will also be on the panel, along with Siddharth Kara – known for rescuing sex slaves in Asia and promoting End Demand. Is it hard to see me in this company? To mark the occasion, I am now calling myself
The Naked Anthropologist.
The nakedness I refer to means without addition, exaggeration or excuses; not concealed or disguised; open to view; manifest; plain. But it’s nice there’s a pun involved, too.
The debate will be filmed on Sunday 12 December, then edited and broadcast the following weekend. Perhaps some of you will see it then, but eventually it will go onto the BBC website. And where will this be taking place? In the Temple of Luxor, of course. Wish me luck.
— Laura Agustín, the Naked Anthropologist