SlaveryFootprint.org

I’ve taken the survey at SlaveryFootprint.org thinking my number might change or vary a little as I live my life but I still have a huge number slaves working for me. I have what seems like more than average with 75. This is disheartening when I take into account that this is an issue I’ve been passionate about fighting for more than a decade.

If you haven’t visited this website go see what is being talked about all over the media. Even President Obama just encouraged people to go visit it.

Obama promoting SlaveryFootprint.org

Be a Part of the Modern Abolitionist Movement

There are over 27 million people held in slavery today, about double that of any other time in human history.

Of these 27 million people, about 85% are females and over 13 million of them are children, just about one half. The modern slave trade makes about $32 billion dollars a year – that’s more than Starbucks, Google, and Nike COMBINED. It is the single fasted growing and most lucrative industry that exists today. The trafficking of humans for slavery is occurs all over the world, in every nation. All major US cities have houses that hold trafficked women, forced into a life of being beaten, raped, and prostitution, seeing an average of 20 to 40 men everyday.

History will be reflect upon this in the same light as the holocaust. Modern slavery will go down as the single worst human rights violation to ever take place at such a grand level. Statistically, it is almost impossible for any one of us to not have items in our houses that have slave hands have touched.

Be an abolitionist and When your grandchildren ask you what role you had in this industry, be one of the few who will have something to talk about other than enjoying all the discounted clothing and inexpensive technology items of the time. Our generation will be looked upon as negatively as the post WWII Germans are. Many of us can’t fathom being a part a society that would sit back and reap the benefits of such atrocious acts and let such evil go on unquestioned. But that is exactly what is happening today. Make a choice to not be a part of it.

Being a part of the modern abolitionist movement can be as simple as asking those around you if they knew this is going on. I have found that almost every single person I talk to welcomes the conversation because they had no idea. It can also include giving small amounts of money to organizations that combat slavery or those that aid the recovery of rescued victims. It can be as small as getting to know more about what’s going on by reading a book (Not For Sale), watching a movie (Call + Response), or visiting some websites (Free the Slaves). It includes educating yourself on which companies (Nike, The Gap, Starbucks, Nestle) that have had repeated documentation of using slave labor and choosing to not buy their products anymore. No matter how small you may feel it, as least do something. The time of letting slavery and human trafficking keep expanding each year is over. It’s time to be a part of history and get involved in the movement that has already made an impact on shutting this abominable industry down.

Friend and fellow abolitionist, Justin Dillon, speaks about modern slavery and human trafficking and how his film, Call + Response promotes awareness through music.

You can watch the trailer to his documentary in an earlier post I made here or at their website
www.callandresponse.com.

The main site and thier blog have a lot of information including many small ways to get involved.

CALL + RESPONSE trailer (in theaters October)

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 2007, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.Luminaries on the issue such as Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond, Ashley Judd, Nicholas Kristof, and many other prominent political and cultural figures offer first hand account of this 21st century trade. Performances from Grammy-winning and critically acclaimed artists including Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Imogen Heap, Talib Kweli, Five For Fighting, Switchfoot, members of Nickel Creek and Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, Rocco Deluca move this chilling information into inspiration for stopping it.Music is part of the movement against human slavery. Dr. Cornel West connects the music of the American slave fields to the popular music we listen to today, and offers this connection as a rallying cry for the modern abolitionist movement currently brewing.

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