In this current information age, more and more people are connected through many different communication methods. Even in Mongolia, online usage is especially common among young people, and more importantly, the usage of this technology provides an important accessible learning environment. However, “proper usage” of this technology is evidently lacking. Furthermore, it would not be an overstatement to say that there are about 200,000 adolescents that use online technology daily in Mongolia without filtering or adult supervision. In Mongolia, many traditional crimes have kept up with the recent times and transitioned into more cyber-related crimes, paving the way for the crime of human trafficking to partake in this new wave of cyber-related offenses.
Human trafficking affects everyone in society. It is a very dangerous crime because victims arise due to the lack of precaution and education, resulting in the victims being easily deceived by the criminals. Many people mistakenly think that human trafficking can only happen by kidnapping in “scary vehicles”; this is not representative of the truth about how human trafficking actually happens. Therefore, providing accurate facts, presenting up-to-date information, and the spread of these precautions to the masses is one of the most effective ways to fight against human trafficking. Being one of the vilest crimes in our society, human trafficking is usually well-organized and committed discretely. This is why the general public – especially young children – should be provided with as much information as possible. However, the harsh realities of the crime may be too gruesome for people to wanting to learn more about it.
Lantuu Huu project strives to produce positive results within 10 or more years. We created a Mongolian superhero, Lantuu Huu, that protects children from the dangers of human trafficking and child abuse and teaches them the dangers of social media. Lantuu huu project started in September, 2014, since then we have created three series of comic books and children’s TV series featuring the children’s protector Lantuu huu. Without the use of word human trafficking and violence, the comic books and TV series were highly effective in teaching children the precautions and preventions of these crimes. 80% of the published books were donated and delivered to secondary schools, orphanage, prisons, and to countryside town schools for the purpose of educating these children. To continue to publish Lantuu huu comics, comic books were sold for 3000 Mongolian Tugrik (about $1) in bookstores to cover for the next publication costs. The main focus group started with young children, but communication effort stretches beyond to older generations by easy-to-understand methods at different levels including comic book publications, story development with Lantuu Huu’s friend Shuuderhen, etc, another children’s character. Lantuu huu show is available at http://lantuu.mn/lantuuhuu/videos/ and one of the comic books is available at www.lantuu.mn/comics and in playstore for free.
The initiative of the project is to help children learn how to use the internet appropriately and help them understand the potential dangers of connecting with the online community by explaining those dangers in an affable way.
The creators of Lantuu Huu project, Lantuun Dohio NGO, is not sponsored by any official professional entity. However, they hope to gain support from anyone who love children and are passionate about their safety and well-being.