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.
After years of feeling extreme frustration with mainsteam media ignoring what I consider the world’s most atrocious issue I can’t describe the joy and relief I’m going through now that I see stories, legislation, or activism being covered. Obviously this is only the beginning but at least people are being made aware that slavery still exists.
The mainstream media spending one minute and nice seconds on the 27 million victims of today’s slave trade (80% women and 50% children) in a quickie wrap-up, “page from my notebook” (but not worthy enough to actually report on) is one of the reasons why slavery is the single most successful and fastest growing industry in the world ($32 billion a year industry).
The only reason it was mentioned at all is because the US State Department of Justice release it’s annual report on human trafficking on this day. Most TV anchors/journalists spent more time reporting on the release of the report than its contents.
This looks directed at Katie, but her one minute and nine second report is probably the most many of the viewers have seen on this issue. Her show also eventually featured a story on human trafficking that included an interview with David Batstone in the link below.
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.