Let’s save the world, together.
People think slavery is over. It isn’t. There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history.
Education and promoting awareness are the first steps; if no one knows about an issue, then nothing is going to stop it from happening. “Evil prevails when good men do nothing.” And how can we do anything if we do not know we need to?
Modern slavery exists in the world today. It has affected every state in the USA. So it isn’t something far away and distant; it’s happening right here, right now, in your own backyard.
So, how can you help?
Education and awareness are the first steps. Educate yourself about the issue. You are probably contributing to child slavery; yes you. You are participating in the modern slave trade. The clothes you wear, the products you buy; they all come from somewhere. The coltan in your cell phone was traded for with guns; guns which end up in the hands of children in Africa. The shoes you own may have been made by 10 year old children in a factory in Indonesia.
Find out where to buy Fair Trade products:
Free2Work : Find out where to buy products that have not been produced with slave labor.
TransFairUSA : Fair trade groceries, coffee, etc.
And then TELL SOMEONE. Tell someone where their products are coming from; tell someone what resources there are available, share these sites. Find more sites, find more resources! Find out where the things you buy are coming from. And for every person you tell, tell them to pass it along. You tell ten people, those ten people tell ten people, and imagine if they ALL stopped participating in the slave trade. Imagine if we all rebelled and got fair trade products only!
Petition! Write to Congress! Write to your local government! Sign petitions! Organize a march! Boycott stores that sell slave labor products!
What else can you do?
You can post this video in your Facebook status for a week. You can post it on Twitter, on Myspace. Or use your status to let people know about human trafficking and modern slavery, with links to resources to help END it.
You can put up flyers in your town; at bus stops, on bulletin boards, leave them with bookstores, or at your local coffee shop.
You can check out the organizations below, and start a chapter in your town. Organize a fundraiser for one of these organizations.
Get active in your government, local, state, federal. Start a petition. Really. Inform people, make them aware of these issues; be active in changing the law to help stop human trafficking and modern slavery. Organize a march! Start a boycott!
If you are a high school or college student; get your campus involved! Start a club! Put up posters and flyers! Start a chapter of one of these organizations, like the UNICEF Campus Initiative! You can do it, you can change the world, even right now, in high school. You can make a huge difference.
Here are some websites of organizations combatting human trafficking and modern slavery.
Human Trafficking: A web resource for combating human trafficking.
EPCAT International: End child pornography, child prostitution, and trafficking of children for sexual purposes.
The UNICEF “End Child Trafficking Campaign” and how you can help! I love this one. My dream job is to work for UNICEF.
The Somaly Mam Foundation : This was really inspiring.
Forced to work in a brothel along with other children, Somaly was brutally tortured and raped on a daily basis. One night, she was made to watch as her best friend was viciously murdered. Fearing she would meet that same fate, Somaly heroically escaped her captors and set about building a new life for herself. She vowed never to forget those left behind and has since dedicated her life to saving victims and empowering survivors.
Now her organization is helping stop this from happening to others. There are various chapters of the foundation in the USA and different places have held fundraisers to promote awareness and combat human trafficking and sex slavery.
Free the Slaves and how you can help!
The Project to End Human Traffickingand how you can get involved!
Change.org and Human Trafficking- more information about this issue.
Not For Sale; a campaign to end human trafficking and slavery, with some information on how you can get involved!
National Coalition for Haitian Rights; a coalition to end child slavery (the restavek) in Haiti and how you can help!
The Human Trafficking Project; a blog with information that is trying to raise awarness about the issue.
The Polaris Project : “For a World Without Slavery.” This is awesome, it has information about how to advocate for policy changes; how to raise awarness, and so on.
No Trafficking : resources and projects for Southeast Asia.
So there; lots of resources for you, lots of advice on how to get involved, how to help!!! So join me, let’s help the world together. We can save the world.