End It: Shine a Light On Slavery

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Love is the light by which all are brought forward out of darkness. -LeeAnn Taylor

Today is Shine A Light On Slavery Day. It’s a day to join other Freedom Fighters from around the world to shine a light on modern-day slavery.

END IT is a Coalition of the leading organizations in the world in the fight for Freedom. With Coalition Partners engaged in work on the ground, together they bring AWARENESS, PREVENTION, RESCUE, and RESTORATION.

Learn More about Human Trafficking, Modern-Day Slavery, the Red “X” and the #EndItMovement. Share your #EndIt selfie on social media to join the collective voice and continue to raise awareness. Here’s your chance to get creative while linking arms with others to stand up for justice and freedom for the millions still oppressed and enslaved today.

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

 

 

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Modern-Day Abolitionist Thought Leaders Come Together

Modern-day abolitionist thought leaders will come together for a Google+ Hangout event this Friday, January 10th at 10 a.m. PST and, you are invited!  They will speak about issues surrounding modern-day slavery, share their collective insights, and challenge attendees to collaborate in the fight against modern-day slavery.

The event will be hosted by Nicholas Kristof and Half the Sky Movement. Speakers will include Gary Haugen (International Justice Mission), Dave Batstone (Not for Sale / Just Business), Rachel Lloyd (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, GEMS), and Susan Bissell (UNICEF USA). They will be answering the question: What Does 2014 Hold for the Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery?

The modern-day slave trade is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, enslaving more than 30 million individuals today. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “After drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the second-largest criminal industry in the world.” Combating this $32 billion-dollar-a-year industry takes enormous effort as well as a large framework of diligent abolitionists. (via Not For Sale website)

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. What a great way to cross-connect with fellow freedom fighters, learn from leaders at the forefront of the movement, and invite friends to get involved! You can RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1cNChdw.

I hope you’ll join me there!

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™–”Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy

In DISPOSABLE PEOPLE: New Slavery in the Global Economy, abolitionist and author Kevin Bales makes a clarion call for the ending of modern-day slavery around the world.

Slavery is theft — theft of a life, theft of work, theft of any property or produce, theft even of the children a slave might have borne. -Kevin Bales

This book is well researched and documented through the author’s personal experience going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders. His investigation of slavery took him around the globe to Mauritania, Brazil, Thailand, Pakistan, and India.

Even with the resurgence of an abolitionist movement in modern times, the fact is, there are an estimated 27 million people living in slavery around the globe, yet many still escape our awareness or acknowledgement.  Why?

Bales argues that the increasing globalization of the economy–supply and demand–has fueled the “need” for coerced labor in the global supply chain, including forced child labor and debt bondage. What many readers will find interesting is his economic rationale for why slavery is not as profitable or sustainable as fair labor practices.

In what is referred to as the emergence of a “new slavery,” he asserts that modern-day slaves, unlike traditional forms of slavery, are not always considered a long-term investment. That means human beings lose their value. Many are viewed by slave masters as cheap, usable and sometimes (as in the case of sex slavery) reusable, “disposable” people.

Bales also illuminates the urgent need to raise individual and global social consciousness by connecting the dots from the slave to the end-user. He challenges our norms, by highlighting the necessity to re-think our purchase and consumption habits and preferences, and how supply and demand can directly affect slavery. The book challenges political, corporate *and* personal consumption mindsets and behaviors.

Kevin Bales

But he doesn’t just expose readers to this massive global problem and leave the research and case studies on the table. He offers readers strategic solutions. This book will open your eyes to the bigger picture and leave readers with a personal choice once they have been opened.

All of the author’s royalties from this book go to fund anti-slavery projects around the world.

 

 

Buy the Book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy.

Kevin Bales is co-founder of Free the Slaves.

Watch & Listen to Big Think Interviews with Kevin Bales.

Watch Ted Talks Video of Kevin Bales: How To Combat Modern Slavery.

As an author, a professor of sociology, and consultant to the United Nations Global Program on Human Trafficking, Kevin Bales is one of the world’s foremost experts on modern slavery. He has made it his mission to eradicate global slavery. Read More.

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™–”Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

 

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Child Labor Perpetuates Cycle of Poverty

Not only does child labor lead to a perpetual cycle of poverty for a family, it also depresses the economy. A study by the ILO (International Labor Organization) found that it would cost $760 billion to end child labor, but the benefits to the economy would be more than six times that–an estimated $5.1 trillion in economies where child laborers are found. –GoodWeave International (GWI)

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Trafficked and Re-Trafficked

Children trafficked into one form of labor may later be sold into another, as with girls from rural Nepal, who are recruited to work in carpet factories but are then trafficked into the sex industry over the border into India. -ILO/IPEC, Helping Hands or Shackled Lives? Understanding Child Domestic Labour and Responses to It

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Made In A Free World

Made In A Free World is using social media to stir up awareness that will lead to action. The Topic? Modern-day Slavery and Human Trafficking.

So, here’s the challenge. Create a board on Pinterest that answers the question: “What does a Free World mean or look like to you?” The most creative pinner (as decided by the judges) will win one Change for Good box filled with awesome Fair Trade products from Trade As One. Pin to Win!

Follow These Easy Steps:

  • FOLLOW Made In A Free World on Pinterest
  • CREATE a Pinterest board and title it: “Made In A Free World”
  • FILL your board with at least 10 pins and a minimum of 2 pins must be repinned from the first 5 boards on the MIAFW page
  • TAG all of the pins on your board with the hashtag #MadeInAFreeWorld 
  • COMMENT on Made In A Free World’s contest pin with a URL to your board when you’re done

Once all of the boards are submitted, the panel of judges will pick a winner based on originality, creativity, adherence to the rules, and demonstration of FREE spirit. The contest ends Tuesday, April 30th.

This is an easy way to use a little creativity through words and pictures to be a voice for the voiceless. Every impression that causes someone to pause, consider, and take action, matters. Slaves cannot free themselves, that’s why we can’t be silent. We, the free, are their only hope. I invite you to join me in getting involved, and don’t forget to tell a friend.

Let’s get slavery out of our system!

Learn More:

Embracing a Free World: Do You Know Your Slavery Footprint?

Visit Made In a Free World online and follow on Twitter @madeinafreewrld

Visit Slavery Footprint online at: www.slaveryfootprint.org

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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300,000 Children at Risk of Being Sold for Sex Every Year

 

The Department of Justice states that as many as 300,000 children are at risk for sexual exploitation each year in the United States.

It’s a staggering statistic. The reality of hundreds of thousands of innocent children hidden in the shadows only to be bought, sold, used, and abused for profit and pleasure, every year is unconscionable. It also means they are in desperate need of our voice!

Founder and executive director of Rebecca Project for Human Rights, Malika Saada Saar says, “Americans are right to get angry at the violence against women and girls in developing nations: the Congo rape camps, the widespread practices of female genital mutilation in West Africa and the infanticide of females in China.

Our digust at the violence committed against women and girls is heightened by the culture of impunity that allows the perpetrators of these crimes to go free without condemnation or punishment. That culture also turns victims into criminals, such as the girls in Thailand who are beaten and raped and then ostracized by their families and society.

But our indignation must be turned inward, too. Here in the United States, there is a similar culture of impunity when young American girls are sold for sex. There are 100,000 to 300,000 children between 11 and 14 who are vulnerable to being sold for sex by pimp-captors every year in the United States, according to government statistics.” Read the Full Article: U.S. Should Stop Criminalizing Sex Trafficking Victims.

The Rebecca Project for Human Rights advocates for justice, dignity and policy reform for vulnerable women and girls in the United States and in Africa. You can find them online at rebeccaproject.org and on Twitter @rebeccaproject.

Now that you are aware, help spread the word, and if you see something, say something!

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls and texts from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Phone 1-888-373-7888 or Text text BeFree (233733) Visit Polaris Project to learn more about Human Trafficking.

Source: U.S. Dept of Justice: OJP Fact Sheet–HumanTrafficking

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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Somaly Mam: From the Jungles of Cambodia Rises A Voice for the Voiceless

From the deep forests of Cambodia to street brothels–Somaly Mam’s “grandfather” sold her into sexual slavery at age 12 where she suffered unspeakable acts of brutality and witnessed horrors that would haunt her for the rest of her life.

Unable to forget the girls left behind after her escape, she became a tenacious and brave leader in the fight against human trafficking, rescuing sex workers–some as young as five and six–offering them shelter, rehabilitation, healing, love and leading them into a new life.  

The Somaly Mam Foundation is a non-profit charity Foundation committed to ending modern day slavery in North America and around the world.

Vision: A world where women and children are safe from slavery.
Mission: To give victims and survivors a voice in their lives, liberate victims, end slavery, and empower survivors as they create and sustain lives of dignity.

Somaly has written about her own human trafficking story in the heartbreaking and hopefully heart awakening book titled, “The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine.”

Did you know that human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry and the fastest growing criminial enterprise in the world?  If so, share how you are helping to raise awareness about human trafficking or working in some way to eradicate modern-day slavery.

Learn more on the Somaly Mam Foundation website and/or follow Somaly Mam on Twitter: @SomalyMam.

Buy the Book: The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine 

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”
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GLOBAL GIRLFRIEND: Shop To Benefit Women Worldwide

Global Girlfriend was created by Stacey Edgar to help women worldwide gain economic security while providing unique products and a simple way to help women in need. Through Global Girlfriend, marginalized women are given a vehicle to bring their handcrafted products (apparel, handbags, jewelry, handmade paper and bath products, and more) to market, empowering them to create a better future.

Global Girlfriend brings the work of “disadvantaged groups directly to the end-users (you and me) by forming long-term partnerships that provide women a fair living wage with equal employment opportunities, healthy and safe working conditions, technical assistance and development strategies to foster prosperity and reduce poverty.” In turn, stronger families and communities become a reality, along with a tangible affirmation to these women and their children of what is possible. Hope is a powerful catalyst to fostering a resolve for a better future.

“We have the extreme privilege of knowing and working with a wonderful group of women social entrepreneurs globally who are leading cutting edge women’s non-profits aimed at bringing women social and economic justice.” –Global Girlfriend

The advocates and artisans of fair-trade products are cinched together by a single common thread of purpose: “helping women in need help themselves”. Women from Nepal, Africa, Thailand, Guatemala, India, and other countries unite around their shared cause: security and freedom.

“We believe passionately that economic opportunity for women holds the promise for real change in the world; because when women have an income, they reinvest in themselves and in their children’s health, education and nutrition.” –Global Girlfriend

Recycled Color Burst Tote from globalgirlfriend.com

Shopping is more meaningful and even more fun with names like, “101 Beads of Joy” or “101 Beads of Peace“, “Zulugrass Beads for Learning“, “Three for Freedom“, “Congo Solidarity Skirts” and, bookmarks with meaningful sayings that sum up the vision: “Start Small, Dream Big, Change Lives“.

 

“Each item we sew is our claim to a better world.  A world where we are seen not only for the challenges we face but for the beauty we create.” -Congolese Seamstess

You can also choose from a variety of the “Gifts that Give More” projects. These provide opportunities to help girls in Afghanistan receive an education, provide childbirth kits to mothers in developing nations, skill train mothers living in extreme poverty, or help liberate girls from human trafficking or those living as indentured servants, and more.

Sharing about Global Girlfriend is a creative and unique way to enlighten and inspire your friends to shop with an eye toward giving back. Promote fair-trade eco-friendly products at your workplace, through gift-giving, event promotions, fundraiser giveaways or, to educate children.

Together we CAN make a difference.  Now don’t keep it to yourself, Go Tell a Friend!

The GreaterGood Network of websites offers the public a unique opportunity to support causes they care about at no cost to them.

Connect with Global Girlfriend to shop online, on Facebook, or to follow Stacey Edgar on Twitter.  Buy  Stacey Edgar’s book, “Global Girlfriends”.

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”
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Embracing a Free World: Do You Know Your Slavery Footprint?

 

How Many Slaves Work For You?

The U.S. State Department asked Justin Dillion and his team if they’d be willing to develop a tool to help people understand their connection to labor slavery. With a $200,000 grant from the State Department, Slavery Footprint was birthed.  Slavery Footprint’s tools provide consumers an outlet to voice their demand for things made without slave labor. Consumers can then share their total “slave score” on Twitter or Facebook, encourage others to take the survey and then get involved by sending ready-made electronic letters to retailers calling on them to be more diligent when sourcing supplies. 

The idea is to provide a way to raise our collective voice to more powerfully engage and solicit accountability from companies to manufacture goods made in the “free world”.  Justin says:

“It’s not a website.  It’s not a survey.  It’s a way to learn and share your story as it relates to slavery.  The tension in the story is that we all play a role in this issue through the products we buy and love everyday.  The “release” in the story is that we have role to play in building a Free World.”

FREE WORLD

Slavery Footprint asks visitors to take an online survey about consumer products, clothing and food to determine how many slaves might have worked along the supply chain for those goods.  But that’s not all. Learning about forced labor and identifying a dotted line back to consumer demand and consumption isn’t enough, we need a way to take action.  

You guessed it, there’s an app for that!  Slavery Footprint is beginning a global movement to remove slavery out of the products we love.  It’s called: Free World. You can dowload the Free World action app at the iTunes Store or Android Market. By using the app while you’re out shopping, you will be able to immediately advocate simply by checking in and taking an action.

“By leveraging our collective consumption, we are building a modern day freedom train.” -Justin Dillon

“He’s on the cutting edge,” said State Department Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca, who heads up the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and believes social media are key to fighting modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Dillion’s work has also been endorsed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

CALL+RESPONSE

As a musician, Justin Dillon also started hosting benefit concerts for organizations addressing the problem of modern day slavery. His passion grew into a “rockumentary” that combines a wide variety of critically acclaimed artists.  In 2008 he produced the documentary called “Call+Response”.  Over 350,000 people have seen the film in public venues, which has helped raise over $250,000 for front line groups helping to free slaves and rehabilitate victims.

CALL+RESPONSE is a first of its kind feature documentary film that reveals the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. CALL+RESPONSE goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2009, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.

In addition to creating and developing the online tools, Slavery Footprint is also engaged in off-line community education, mobilization programs, supply chain assessment, and on-the-ground projects working to end slavery in our lifetime.

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”
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