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Free Aruna

“Human beings the world over need freedom and security that they may be able to realize their full potential.” – Aung San Suu Kyi

Freedom. Freedom is to be set free from slavery. Slavery comes in many forms and resonates in everyone’s lives. Human trafficking and slave labor are one of the most prominent problems of slavery on the planet today. But, we can also become held captive and slaves to emotional battles. “Free Aruna is a company dedicated to raising awareness that all people deserve freedom and dignity. Whether you are enslaved by culture, abuse, anger, fear or anything that holds you captive, you can experience Aruna, you can know freedom.”

It all began with Aruna… “She was born an outcast in India, a Dalit; the poorest of poor, yet she steals your heart at first glance. A mini Halle Berry, beautiful brown eyes, engaging smile, and smart as a whip.

ArunaShe is one of the lucky ones. Aruna has been set free from the bondage of human trafficking and bonded labor. Aruna is Free. Free to dream, free to learn, free to be anything she desires to be.Truth is, we are not all created the same. Around our globe today there are men, women and children thought to be inferior to others. Deprived the very things we take for granted every day.Freedom. Aruna now stands for FREEDOM….Aruna is FREEDOM.”

Links to Freedom: Human Trafficking, Suicide, Body Image, Drugs/Alcohol, Anger, Divorce, Grief, and Pregnancy.

To learn more about Free Aruna, click here.

To purchase a Free Aruna bracelet, click here.

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Debt Bondage

“In India and other developing countries, loans range from $14 to $214, and are usually incurred for basic necessities like food, emergency needs, medical treatment, marriage dowry (a long-standing tradition), or funeral expenses. With exorbitant interest rates of up to 60 percent, these loans are difficult, if not impossible, to repay. Individuals thus become trapped within a system of debt bondage that forces them to repay loans by working unconditionally for their entire lives – even passing on the same debt for generations. Human rights groups estimate that 15 to 20 million slaves are represented by bonded labor in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal alone.”

Content cited from The Ricky Martin Foundation.
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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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Love Wins.

This is a story about a girl named Suhana. “She was found and rescued not once, but twice.” Learn more about IJM, and the work they are doing to end human trafficking by clicking here.

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Slavery No More

All good things start with a catalyst–ours was Slavery No More. Towards the end of last year, we attended a one-day Slavery No More conference at a local church. This blog is a result of our experience at the conference; our response to the urgent call for change we were presented with.

Slavery No More is doing something similar to what we are trying to do with this blog, but with a specific focus: Slavery & Human Trafficking. According to their website, Slavery No More’s mission is “to resource a diversity of the most effective organizations working to combat and abolish modern-day slavery and human trafficking, and to create awareness and a diversity of opportunities for meaningful personal engagement.” In light of this mission, Slavery No More puts on numerous Anti-Slavery and Trafficking focused conferences each year as well as sponsors various other related events. In addition, a quick visit to their website reveals a plethora of different organizations, products and ways to “take action” in this abolition movement.

We encourage you to at least check out their Facebook page or visit the Slavery No More website and check-out the page entitled “products that free.” If you are anything like us, you’re probably always wondering what you can do and how you can join the fight against these injustices with limited time and resources. The answer: You can be more aware of where and how you spend your money. Dare to buy and give “products that free”–that’s one small but meaningful contribution you can make to the anti-slavery & human trafficking movement today.

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