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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NOT FOR SALE: Moving From Awareness To Action Against Modern-Day Slavery

“No longer can we stand by while 30 million people are enslaved”. Thinking about positive change is a beginning—like the planting of a seed. Talking about positive change is taking that idea to the next step, like watering it. But it is not enough to make a lasting difference.  Good ideas, like knowledge and awareness, will never affect true transformation. Like the seed that is planted and watered, without the light of truth and effective nurturing, it cannot thrive and gain the momentum of progressive evolution toward a solution. Not For Sale believes it’s time to shift gears by marrying movement with intelligent action.

So what is Not For Sale’s commitment to breaking the cycle of vulnerability and creating change at the root level of human trafficking and slavery? It is to provide a platform and issue a collective challenge for modern-day abolitionists to rise up and stand with those who are enslaved. To educate, inspire and invite people to move from the awareness phase to the action phase. They join forces to equip abolitionists in their quest to empower those who are enslaved to realize their freedom. That is success—remarkable, measurable success.

“We cannot act solo if we want to make an impact” -David Batstone

What does that collective challenge look like on the ground? Not for Sale combines technology, intellectual capital, abolitionist groups and a growing network of individuals working together for one purpose: to bring an end to human trafficking and modern-day slavery. To creatively, intelligently and strategically work together to literally set captives free.

We are living in a moment in time where the world’s interest and conscience are piqued by the topics of human rights and modern-day slavery. That’s why we cannot allow the sheer breadth and depth of its ugly and enormous reality cause us to become paralyzed to the point of inaction. It will take many moving parts working toward the same goal.

As Not For Sale rightly points out, “We live in a time and place where people are restless to do something”. Their approach promotes a holistic response that will best serve that collective goal. That’s why NFS presents us with opportunities that will bring students/universities, athletes, musicians, artists, communities of faith, justice, technology and business minds together. In order to bridge knowledge to action, they understand that, “The greatest of challenges demand the boldest and most creative initiatives.”

“Ending slavery in our lifetime depends on open-source activism” –David Batstone

Do you consider yourself a modern-day abolitionist? Do you and/or your peers want to learn more about human trafficking or find creative ways to “activate your activism”? Check out the Free2Work, Free2Play, and Free2Walk initiatives. Download the app to find out if the food you eat and the goods you buy are produced by slaves.  If you’re not sure how to apply your interests and skills in the movement, NFS has created an easy online tool to help point you in the right direction.  Consider taking an educational and life changing Immersion Trip, or sign up for The Academy, an abolitionist think-tank where NFS “incubates ideas to create solutions”.   

Hear the heart and journey of David Batstone, banking investor, educator, journalist and President/Co-Founder of Not For Sale in his own words.  

We cannot live in our present time and space and not be aware that human trafficking and modern-day slavery exists to some degree. Neither can we afford to live with our own conscience now awakened, yet stuck in the place of awareness… and do nothing.

How are you moving from awareness to action as an individual, organization or community?

Related Article: The Top Ten Rules for the Lifelong Effort to Become a Smart Activist

Buy the Book: “Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade–and How We Can Fight It” by David Batstone

Connect with Not For Sale on Facebook, online, by email, or follow @NFS on Twitter

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”
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The IJM Freedom Tour: Cycling for Freedom

Are you or someone you know a Cycling Enthusiast?  Are you looking for a way to partner with other abolitionists in raising awareness and funds to help prevent Violence, Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking?  Consider joining (IJM) International Justice Mission‘s Cycling for Freedom Bike Tour and help the wheels of justice turn a little bit faster!

IJM’s Freedom Tour – Cincinnati, OH to Washington, DC

Mark your calendar: July 12-23, 2012 (Application date: March 1st)

International Justice Mission

IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems.

The IJM Freedom Tour – Cycling for Freedom

The IJM Freedom Tour 2012 will take the team on from Cincinnati, OH to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. In addition to cycling, the team will have the opportunity to connect with churches and communities along the route, educating them about the realities of modern-day slavery and sharing tangible steps they can take in their own lives to bring an end to this horrible reality.  What’s included? Experienced leaders, safety training, cycling instruction, food, accommodations, en route transportation, support vehicle, team apparel, and trip setup are all provided. 

Raising Awareness & Funds for Justice

A fun way to get involved is to have your friends, co-workers and family support you for each mile of the ride. Not a Biker? Maybe you want to get involved in raising awareness and funds to support IJM’s mission to stop violence, slavery and human trafficking, but you’re not a biker.  Other abolitionists have hosted runs/walks, paddle/row events, climbs/hikes and motorcycle rides on behalf of justice. Choose a significant goal related to your activity, or organize a tournament, music or food-related event and have the entry fees benefit IJM. Competitions and creative events are always a great way to raise awareness!

What are YOU doing to help promote justice?

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

(Photo courtesy of Veritas Communications)

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Not My Life: A Documentary about Modern-Day Slavery

Director Robert Bilheimer says, “Not My Life probes the dark, hidden, and often unspeakable realities of human trafficking and modern-day slavery– multi-billion dollar global industries that earn their profits, as the film’s narration says: on the backs and in the beds of our planet’s youth.” 

It is impossible to spend four years among the victims and survivors of these crimes– virtually all of them children— and emerge with anything other than a sense of sheer and utter horror. What kind of civilization cannibalizes its own children?  How have we arrived at the levels of cruelty that modern slavery represents?  How can these crimes go unpunished?”

A film about slavery in our time. A story about the way the world is.

Not My Life is the first documentary film to depict the horrifying and dangerous practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale.

Filmed on five continents over a period of four years, Not My Life unflinchingly, but with enormous dignity and compassion, depicts the unspeakable practices of a multi-billion dollar global industry.

While acknowledging that trafficking and slavery are universal crimes, affecting millions of human beings all over the world, Not My Life zeroes in on the fact that the vast majority of trafficking and slavery victims are indeed children.

Not My Life features dignified and inspiring testimony from survivors; depictions of trafficking, exploitation, and slavery in all parts of the world including forced labor in Africa; street begging and garbage picking in India; sexual trafficking in the United States and Southeast Asia; and various forms of child enslavement and abuse in both North and South America.

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

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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.: Crusader for Freedom and Equality

 

All that is Necessary for Evil to Triumph is for Good Men to do Nothing

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a tireless advocate for social justice. On August 28, 1963, he delivered his now famous, I Have a Dream speech:

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

The Dream: Then & Now

He dreamed and worked for the day that every man, woman and child would be equal. He dreamed of a world that would one day be able to look beyond skin color, gender or religion to see its fellow humanity, to see individuals worthy of simply “being”, and coexisting as one.

With an estimated 27 million people held in modern-day slavery (forced labor, debt bondage and sexual slavery) worldwide today, it is clear that collectively, we are still at odds with the very essence of our humanity and the idea that every person born into this world possesses a God-given destiny. We must continue to carry the torch for freedom and equality for those too weak to carry their own.

Genuine Transformation

While many pause to remember, applaud and embrace Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message that all people are created equal, have inalienable rights, possess their own dreams and deserve to be free, we must continue to fight.  We don’t fight for tolerance alone because tolerance doesn’t address the issues of the heart that give passage to genuine transformation. We fight for true and lasting freedom.  And, not only do we fight for others’ freedom, but in rallying for theirs, we guard, protect and fight for our own.

“All life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Things that Remain

King requested that there would be no mention of his awards and honors at his funeral, but that he tried to live out his core beliefs by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, championing justice, promoting equality, and loving and serving humanity.

“…Proclaim good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for the captives and release prisoners from darkness…” -Isaiah 61 

At the end of one of his speeches he said:

“Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major. Say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

What are the “shallow things” in your life?  What would would others say you were a drum major for in this life?  What are the significant things you want to remain?

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

(Opening quote by Edmund Burke) 

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Polaris Project: For a World Without Slavery

Polaris Project is a leading organization in the United States combating all forms of Human Trafficking and serving both U.S. citizens and foreign national victims, including men, women, and children. Polaris strives for systemic change by advocating for stronger federal and state laws, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline and providing services to help their clients and all victims of human trafficking.

“Human trafficking is fueled by a demand for cheap labor or services, or for commercial sex acts. Human traffickers are those who victimize others in their desire to profit from the existing demand. To ultimately solve the problem of human trafficking, it is essential to address these demand-driven factors.” -Polaris Project

Polaris Project’s central goal is to create long-term solutions that would change the underlying systems that allow human trafficking to occur. The founders’ programmatic strategy was grounded in an analysis of human trafficking as a market-based phenomenon driven by two primary factors: low-risk and high-profit. They believe that modern-day slavery can be eliminated by reaching a tipping point where human trafficking becomes a high-risk, low-profit endeavor.

Human Trafficking has no boundaries. It affects every country around the world, regardless of socio-economic status, history, or political structure.  Human traffickers have created an international market for the trade in human beings based on high profits and demand for commercial sex and cheap labor.  Trafficking is estimated to be $32 billion industry, affecting 161 countries worldwide.

How Polaris Project Began

During their senior year at Brown University, Katherine Chon and Derek Ellerman read a newspaper article describing the horrific conditions of a brothel located near their college apartments. The brothel had been disguised as a legitimate massage parlor. But inside the building, police officers had found six Asian women with cigarette burns on their arms who were being held in a situation of debt bondage. “This was like slavery,” were the words of the officer who handled the investigation. This eye opening case made it clear to Katherine and Derek that modern-day slavery existed in present-day America in ways that they were not aware of. They could not walk away…  Read the rest of the founding story.

Polaris was named after the North Star that guided slaves towards freedom along the Underground Railroad

Polaris’ success is based around the following focus areas: Client Services, National Human Trafficking Hotline, Public Outreach and Communications, Policy Advocacy, International Programs, Training and Technical Assistance, Fellowship Program and Strategic Anti-Human-Trafficking Campaigns. Learn More.

Selected Highlights from 2010/2011

  • Polaris Project played a major role in convincing Craigslist.org to shut down the Adult Services portion of its web site, which had become the number one online platform for the sex trafficking of women and children in the U.S. The Washington Post also decides to no longer accept ads for massage parlor businesses.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice initiated the largest number of federal human trafficking prosecutions in a single year, resulting in 141 convictions and indicating that Polaris Project’s policy advocacy, trainings and public education lead to tangible U.S. government action.
  • Polaris Project assisted the U.S. Department of Defense in developing their Combatting Trafficking in Persons online training module. This training educates all military and civilian personnel on how to identify and respond to human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Google awarded Polaris Project and two other grantees a $1.8 million grant to support efforts to promote stronger anti-trafficking policies around the U.S.
  • By working in coalition and individually with state legislators, Polaris Project successfully advocated for 15 new state-level bills that strengthen protections for trafficking victims and increase prosecution of traffickers.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-3737-888. Specialists are available 24/7, 365 days a year to take reports from anywhere in the country. All reports are confidential. Interpreters are available.

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”
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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Modern-Day Slaves Hidden in Plain Sight

 

January 11, 2012, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States.

What is Human Trafficking?  Over the past 15 years, “Trafficking in Persons” and “Human Trafficking” have been used as umbrella terms for activities involved when someone obtains or holds a person in compelled service categorized as: involuntary servitude, slavery, debt bondage, and forced labor.

According to the FBI: The majority of human trafficking victims are runaways or “thrown-away” youths who live on the streets and become victims of prostitution or, women/girls who suffer from other forms of sexual exploitation. The children generally come from homes where they have been abused or from families who have abandoned them. Often, they become involved in prostitution to support themselves financially or to get the things they feel they need or want, like drugs.

Today, the business of human sex trafficking is much more organized and violent. Women and young girls are sold to traffickers, locked up in rooms or brothels for weeks or months, drugged, terrorized, and raped repeatedly. Continual abuses make it easier for the traffickers to control their victims. The captives are so afraid and intimidated that they rarely speak out against their traffickers, even when faced with an opportunity to escape.

 QUICK FACTS

  • Sex Trafficking is a $32 billion dollar business.
  • The average entry age for prostitution in the U.S. is now 13. In some countries, girls as young as 5 may be forced into sexual slavery.
  • Sex slaves & forced laborers are hidden in plain sight often working in or around strip clubs, massage parlors, seedy motels, fields, restaurants, truck stops, casinos, downtown areas, and in the pornographic industry.
  • Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime and now only second to drug trafficking.
  • Human Trafficking has no boundaries. It targets every color, class, gender and geography.

COMMON TARGETS

More often than not, traffickers target weak and vulnerable types, often runaways or girls who have been sexually, verbally or emotionally abused.  According to police reports, “A common theme with every victim is that they came from a dysfunctional home with no positive male role model.”  Traffickers have snatched or lured girls from middle or upper class familes as well.

COMMON LURES

Promise of Love – To lure them into a trusting relationship with their abuser, women and girls are often treated like a princess in the beginning only to find later, they’ve been deceived and entrapped. Consider it a red flag if this new “friend” is professing his undying love within a few days of meeting and when it seems too good to be true.  The first step to trapping potential victims is to get them emotionally involved.

Promise of a Job – This is the most common bait sex traffickers use. They make promises of jobs that will make big money, often as a waitress or in some type of service job. There is either no job when the victim agrees to go with him, or there is a menial job often with long hours, but the trafficker keeps the majority or all of the money, keeping the victim under his control.

Promise of a Better Life – Many trafficked victims are promised freedom, security or a better life someplace away from their home or family.  They are desperate to get away from life as they know it and are baited emotionally by the trafficker. But, like all the other lures, it is a lie to trick them into trusting the abuser. They become forced laborers or are coerced into prostitution, or some other job in the sex industry.

Promise of Money – Traffickers sometimes promise women/girls money to help pay for their lifestyles, education, drug habits or their family’s debt.  Once they’ve been trapped in the web of deception, traffickers use it against them by forcing them to “pay off their debt” through forced labor or prostitution in a never-win situation.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING INDICATORS (U.S. State Dept)

  • Living with employer
  • Poor living conditions
  • Multiple people in cramped space
  • Inability to speak to individual alone
  • Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed
  • Employer is holding identity documents
  • Signs of physical or psychological abuse
  • Submissive or fearful
  • Unpaid or paid very little
  • Under 18 and in prostitution
Elizabeth Prann writes, “With increasing technology and the Internet, human trafficking has become more accessible and more anonymous. That being said, grassroots organizations, victims advocates as well as lawmakers and prosecutors are banding together to combat the problem. They all pledge to do so until it no longer plagues the lives of victims across the globe.” (Read the full article on FoxNews)

 

“He Who Allows Oppression Shares the Crime”-Desiderius Erasmus

 

Related Reading:

Human Sex Trafficking, Law Enforcement Bulletin

Trafficking in Persons Fact Sheet 2010 – What is Human Trafficking?

Trafficking in Persons Report 2010

20 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking (U.S. State Dept)

Selected Films that Help Educate about Human Trafficking

Selected Books that Help Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking

The National Anti-Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-3737-888 (24-hour, toll-free) operated and implemented by Polaris Project and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

FBI.gov is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice

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

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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

 

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is January 11, 2012 (and January has been declared National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month). Finally, the issue is on the table. it is out in the open and it is raw. An estimated 27 million plus people are modern-day slaves. Though not exclusively, the vast majority of sexually trafficked people are women and girls. There is no question, the world has been complicit in sharing a very large, very destructive secret for a very long time: Human Slavery

It comes in many forms including forced labor, sex trafficking and debt bondage. And although it may not have been clear to the average eye up until recently, we have become increasingly aware of the direct line to the tactics, facades, brokers, associated industries, devastation–and sometimes taking–of the lives of countless women and girls in it’s wake.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Because we didn’t see it, didn’t keep it from happening. Because we didn’t pay closer attention to it, doesn’t mean we weren’t somehow involved. But now that we know, we have no excuse. With that, we share a huge responsibility to bring the crime of human trafficking aka modern-day slavery to an end. 

Factors critical to creating lasting impact include changing mindsets, reevaluating appetites and attitudes, and not giving ourselves permission to look the other way, or settling for tolerance over righteousness and justice.  Make no mistake: quiet doesn’t mean peace.  People are tormented, suffer and die in quiet.

Human trafficking touches every people group within every economic and social sphere. Just because it’s not happening to you or someone you love, doesn’t mean it’s not happening in your neighborhood. Just because it’s not adversely effecting your lifestyle or freedom today doesn’t mean it won’t tomorrow.

 UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL 

  • Are our high-tech gadgets, favorite clothing brands or other material possessions more important than a person’s freedom from forced labor? 
  • Are the foods or items we import for our own enjoyment more valuable than the families that were ripped apart when a member was forced into debt bondage to supply them for us? 
  • Are our sexual appetites and moral compasses so out of control that we can seriously look the other way when young children and girls are sold to multiple men for sexual gratification and then tossed aside night after night in traveler’s sex havens; or, when young girls and women are forced to prostitute their bodies while their souls are continually raped and their identities (and destinies) stolen by perverse strangers for the financial profit of their slave masters?

In the “free” world, we pride ourselves on liberty and justice for all. Think about that. When we have a sex industry that boasts 32 billion dollars a year, that is not freedom. Statistics estimate that a person is bought or sold every 8 seconds and every 30 seconds that victim is a child. Seventy percent of female victims who are trafficked are for the purpose of the commericial sex trade. That is not freedom!

HOW WILL YOU GET INVOLVED?

Last year was significant in that the flag of awareness about human trafficking was raised higher than ever before. People talked, listened and asked important questions. But we can’t stop there. Knowledge is critical, but it is never enough. It’s what we do with that knowledge that will make a difference. We must continue to pray, rally and share with our friends and communities. Let’s commit to get creative with our advocacy and bold with our policy-making.  Minds need to change, yes, but lasting change will come from the heart.

THE CHALLENGE

Will you commit to just one?  Just one person, just one cause, just one prayer initiative, just one communiity awareness project, just one creative activity advocating for the abolition of modern-day slavery…  JUST ONE

“…Proclaim good news to the poor. Bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for the captives and release prisoners from darkness” – Isaiah 61:1

We want to hear from you!  Please share with us (through email or by leaving a comment here) what your “just one” thing is… whether it’s a person, project or something else. It will encourage and inspire others to get motivated and join in your efforts!  Remember, don’t look at the masses, because it is overwhelming– Start with just one!

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

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Deliver Me From Evil: A Freedom Series Novel on Sexual Slavery & Human Trafficking

 

WHO CARES ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING?

The family and friends of the estimated 27 million modern-day slaves entrapped in sexual slavery, debt bondage and human trafficking today.

But they are not alone.

There are also a number of what I call “creative advocates” who join me in using creative means to raise our collective voice to bring attention to and call for the abolition of human trafficking.  Kathi Macias, award-winning author and former journalist stands out among those voices.

As creative advocates, we strive to create awareness, stir a desire to get involved, deliver a challenge and leave a lasting imprint on hearts and minds.

Kathi passionately uses her experience and talent to do just that.  Partnering with New Hope Publishers, she has created the three-part Freedom Series devoted to spread the fire of truth about sexual exploitation and human trafficking.  In Deliver Me From Evil, the first book in the series, she issues a call for the abolition of human trafficking, aka modern-day slavery.

DELIVER ME FROM EVIL — FREEDOM SERIES #1 

Deliver Me From Evil introduces readers to Mara, an eighteen-year-old girl who has been enslaved for nearly ten years, having been sold by her parents in Mexico and then smuggled across the border into San Diego where she was forced into sexual slavery. Readers will also meet 18-year-old Jonathan and his 16-year-old sister, Leah, whose paths cross Mara’s and who become involved in her dramatic rescue.

Interwoven between the stories of Mara, Jonathan, and Leah is the heartbreaking story of another young woman in captivity in the Golden Triangle of Thailand, whose past life mysteriously connects to the young people in San Diego.

“A startling encounter with the real-world horrors of sexual trafficking that could have come from the pages of any major newspaper” –Lisa L. Thompson, MA, liaison for the abolition of sexual trafficking, Salvation Army National Headquarters

RAISING AWARENESS AND BEYOND

Raising awareness is critical and necessary to peel back the reality of this massive global modern-day crime, but we can’t stop there.  We need to connect with others to create an even stronger net, commit to persistently employ our voices and then pair our resources with those voices.

While some have the ability to fuel the fight against sexual slavery and human trafficking with finances, others can make a difference through strategic networking in their community, initiating or assisting in creative projects that draw attention to the subject, partnering in key legislation and/or through targeted education.

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