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What’s Your Slavery Footprint?

“Bonded labor is used for much of Southeast Asia’s shrimping industry, which supplies more shrimp to the U.S. than any other country. Laborers work up to 20-hour days to peel 40 pounds of shrimp. Those who attempt to escape are under constant threat of violence or sexual assault.”

“Every day tens of thousands of American women buy makeup. Every day tens of thousands of Indian children mine mica, which is the little sparklies in the makeup.”

“Coltan is an effective capacitor found in electronics. A U.S. State Department official was interviewed about Coltan mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He pointed to the reporter’s smartphone and said, “The likelihood that one of these was not touched by a slave is pretty low.””

What? The shrimp I eat, the makeup I wear, and my smart phone could be linked to slavery? I don’t know about you, but I am not okay with that. Although I try to be aware about the products I purchase, sometimes I just don’t realize how my everyday items are linked to slavery. I took the Slavery Footprint quiz and found out that 40 slaves work for me. Now it is time for me to take action and find ways I can reduce my use of slavery. Find out how many slaves work for you, click here to take the Slavery Footprint quiz.

To learn more about Slavery Footprint, click here.

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The Facts About Human Trafficking

The United Nations estimate that over 27 million people worldwide are trafficked for forced labor or sexual exploitation.

According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.

32 billion dollars is made every year off the bodies of young girls & women in sex trafficking.

The average victim trapped in the sex trade is forced to have sex 20 times a day.

Trafficking victims normally don’t get help because they think that they or their families will be hurt by their traffickers, or that they will be deported.

An estimated 14,500 to 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year. The number of U.S. citizens trafficked within the country is even higher, with an estimated 100,000 American children being exploited in the commercial sex industry annually.

An estimated 2.5 million children, the majority of them girls, are sexually exploited in the multibillion dollar commercial sex industry

In America, victims of pimp- controlled sex trafficking are commonly forced to meet quotas of $500 to $1,000 a night! Victims working a truck stop typically earn $5 – $100 per sex act. All earnings are confiscated by the pimp.

20% of all human trafficking in the US comes through Texas at some point.

All content cited from RescueHer.org.
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Save the Date

2012 Global Human Trafficking Conference

Abolish 21st Century Slavery and Human Trafficking

Who: Any individual fighting to abolish slavery and human trafficking. Sponsored by the Los Angeles Metro Task Force on Human Trafficking and promoted by Slavery No More. To view a list of the speakers, click here. To view a list of the exhibitors, click here.

What: “An annual forum convening local and federal law enforcement, anti-trafficking government agencies and NGOs, business and legal-community leaders, state and federal policy makers, international representatives and journalists to explore trafficking trends, foster increased education, inter-agency and NGO participation, and to inform and inspire influential business leaders and the public on how and why they can and should take immediate action to help abolish 21st century slavery and human trafficking, for the sake of the 27 million innocent victims worldwide.”

Where: Skirball Cultural Center, Ahmanson Hall, Los Angeles, California

When: August 10-11, 2012

To learn more about this event, click here.

For directions to this event, click here.
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Free the Slaves

Free the Slaves is yet another of the numerous organizations currently in existence, committed to motivating communities to end modern day slavery. The thing that sets Free the Slaves apart from the organizations like it however, is Free the Slaves’ ability to utilize the media as their social platform. Known for their inspirational and quality documentaries, a number of the organization’s films have already made a tremendous impact on raising awareness to modern day slavery and have even been featured on CNN’s “freedom project.” Free the Slaves’ main goal is to end slavery in our lifetime. Although this may seem like a lofty goal, the organization has identified an effective way to eliminate it: targeting the poor. You see, Free the Slaves believes that slavery is “rampant where poor people lack economic opportunities, education, healthcare and an honest government. ” A simple “holistic approach” they believe, “is required to eradicate slavery forever.” To effect this approach, Free the Slaves partners with grassroots movements, businesses and governments. Ultimately, in the words of Free the Slaves’ international advisor, Desmond Tutu, “Slavery is calling for its own end. We must answer that call.”

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An Interview with Jocelyn White

Who are you?

I am a wife and a mother who simply has a desire to see freedom and justice for all.

How did you become interested in social justice?

I watched a DVD for Willowcreek’s Leadership Summit where President and Founder of International Justice Mission, Gary Haugen, spoke.  As He was sharing about God’s heart for justice and inviting us to be part of their work, he showed photos and videos of the violent oppression and injustices all over the world, and within seconds, they no longer became somebody’s family member, their clients became my family and my friends- it became personal.  As he shared how IJM is seeking justice in the poorest regions of the world and securing freedom and justice, I knew that engaging with them would be my first step in working towards our family’s life mission of seeking freedom and justice for all.

What inspired you to found Slavery No More?

I had been a volunteer with the LA Metro Task Force Against Human Trafficking for a number of years, and I was able to learn more about the role of law enforcement and NGOs (non-governmental organizations).  My husband, who is the Co-Founder of Slavery No More with me, and I never wanted to start “just another NGO” because we saw how under resourced the existing ones were, and the great work they were doing.  Instead, we were more of a Community Based Organization, hosting and organizing events and forums to bring about awareness and inspire mobilization.  Our events were getting larger and we wanted to reach out to more and more people, churches and community groups, but we found that most churches and groups were less likely to join a “movement” without a substantiated foundation.   We also saw that there were things we could do to assist a number of Aftercares and Safe Homes by organizing volunteers and collections, but we needed to have a non-profit status in order to move forward in a significant way.

What sets Slavery No More apart from other anti-trafficking/slavery organizations?

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Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking

According to the United Nations: “Trafficking in persons’ shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”

The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) was first introduced in 2007 and commissioned by a grant from United Arab Emirates. UN.GiFT “was conceived to promote the global fight on human trafficking, on the basis of international agreements reached at the UN. To date, 140 [countries] have signed the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons especially Women and Children.”

UN.GIFTs mission is to reduce the potential of future victims, ensure protection and assistance to the victims, and support the efficient prosecution for all criminals involved. UN.GIFT fights and promotes awareness of trafficking by partnering with governments, businesses, media outlets, such as newsletters, podcasts, and television, academia, civil society, and Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking(ICAT).

To find out more about UN.GIFT, click here.

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