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Manpower Inc. Calls On Fortune 1000 to Act

Watch the video below.

Then, if you work for one of the fortune 1000 companies, urge them to sign up to the Athens Ethical Principles. The Athens Ethical Principles, promoted by End Human Trafficking Now, is a “zero tolerence” policy for working with any company benefiting from human trafficking, including clients, vendors and business partners. They can learn more here.

Human Trafficking Reports

A regular part of my research on any area is to first look at the U.S. State Department Trafficking In Persons Report. This report was last issued in June of 2006. Given the level of misinformation that can exist on the web, confirming the truth is necessary before posting on this site.

“As unimaginable as it seems, slavery and bondage still persist in the early 21st century. Millions of people around the world still suffer in silence in slave-like situations of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation from which they cannot free themselves. Trafficking in persons is one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time.” – U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons Report, June 2003

For complete country by country reports:

http://www.gvnet.com/humantrafficking/

I’m not interested in sensationalism. If you feel that anything reported here is inaccurate or misleading, please let us know and let us know your sources. What we’re after is the truth – straight up, no chaser.

Fair Trade Clothing by Global Mamas

A very good friend of mine sent me to this site. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew I was intrigued because of its name Global Mamas.

Global Mamas is a nonprofit organization helping small, women-led enterprises in Africa. Proceeds go directly to the women and to nonprofit programs that assist them with business development. On average, the Ghanaian women who create these clothes earn 10 times the minimum wage in Ghana.

What a great idea. The designs are cute too.

Pacifier

The best news is that they are out of stock on everything. Which makes me disappointed and happy all at the same time. That just means we are keeping them busy and more work will be available for the woman of Ghana.

I’m keeping my eyes on this one!

So what do slaves have to do with me?

Good question…

Not an easy answer. The implications of the human slave trade in the world really can’t be measured, but by being an uninformed consumer you may inadvertently be contributing to the act of human trafficking. For more information you can read this article on the implications of the slave trade on the global economy...Fair Trade Label

Free the Slaves

Become an informed consumer by visiting the Fair Trade Certified website to learn where you can purchase products and goods that are free from the implications of child slave labor.

Child Slave Labor Testimony At The United Nations

UN LogoNEW YORK – A 16-year-old Nepalese girl burst into tears describing her work in a match factory to help support her mother. A Jordanian teen spoke out about violence against girls in rural areas. A former child soldier from Congo cried when she recalled her suffering as a sex slave.” – Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press, One News Now

Click here to read more.

Free The Children

I stumbled on another great website today, Free The Children.

Free The Children is a truly unique charity. Unlike most charitable organizations, it is driven and funded by kids. Free The Children Logo“Our mission is to free young people from the idea that they are powerless to bring about positive social change, and encourage them to act now to improve the lives of young people everywhere.”

Craig Kielburger founded the organization at the ripe old age of 12. He was so impacted by the story of a boy sold into slavery for $16 that he was driven to action.

“When Craig was 12, he was shocked to learn about the murder of a child labourer-turned-child rights activist. Eager to take action, he established Free The Children to help free children from poverty, exploitation and powerlessness. The organization began as a small group of classmates and quickly evolved into an international phenomenon.”

He is now 23 years old. And his organization has With the help of organizations like Oprah’s Angel Network, they’ve been able to build over 450 schools. It’s a truly amazing story.

Fighting For Those Who Can’t Fight For Themselves

I found a new organization to link to, ZOE Children’s homes. A well executed YouTube Video by Shanie Evans led me to their website. You can view the YouTube video here. The description on YouTube reads:

“WE CAN ALL do something to help… this VIDEO is my small contribution in bringing awareness to people that this is happening right under our noses… we CAN help stop it! For more info on how, go to http://www.zoechildrenshomes.org (this video is in no way affiliated with the mentioned organization) These are friends of mine who gave up everything to fight for our children so I support by donation & help spread the word…”

The ZOE Children’s homes were created to rescue children who are at risk of being sold into human slavery and/or child prostitution. In my mind, there is no difference. I don’t care about the religious affiliation of helping organizations. This one happens to be a Christian organization and it is one of the best presentations I’ve seen on the global problem of child trafficking and prostitution. PLEASE WATCH!

ZOE Photo

Want to help?

Forward a link to this blog to everyone you know. Spread the word. Awareness is the beginning!

The Slave Trade In The United States

Don’t think it’s NOT going on here…

A great deal of the news floating around the internet is indeed coming from third world countries. The vast majority spring from the poorest parts of our world. But we are not immune from the scourge of slavery here in the U.S. We need to make sure, as we turn our eyes to other countries, we don’t overlook our own injustices.

A quote from Jamie Dean’s report:

“A well-educated, 29-year-old Mexican woman paid an immigrant smuggler to bring her illegally to the United States, where she hoped to find better paying work and send money home to relatives. Instead, when she arrived at the border, smugglers transported her to North Carolina, placed her directly in a brothel, and forced her into prostitution.”

Slavery At Your Door | Jamie Dean

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Why Do We Have To Beg, Uganda?

Dr. John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, made a plea from the pulpit this past Sunday. His plea was for the leaders in Uganda to “redouble efforts to put an end to the suffering and misery of people in the North.” He was referring to the child soldiers and the attrocities the LRA rebels are inflicting on the people of the region.

I know I’m naive about the political issues surrounding child slavery. I’m admiting that openly before asking this question: Why do we have to beg? Why do we have to plead? Except for the monsters in the LRA, is there truly anyone who views this as optional?

I’m dumbfounded by the lunacy of it all. I don’t have a place to put my emotions on this topic.