Putting their money (and sweat) where their mouths are…Free The Slaves

Posted: June 20, 2008 in human trafficking
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Free The Slaves LogoKevin Bales and the team at Free The Slaves have a great set of resources at http://www.freetheslaves.net. Kevin was kind enough to post a comment on the post below (How do you free 27 million slaves?) and let me know about his books, web site, and video resources.  Please visit their site, educate yourself further, and consider volunteering or making a donation to help the fight.

If anyone not affiliated with Free the Slaves has read Disposable People or any of the other books or resources at Free the Slaves, please post a comment with your thoughts on their material. 

Also, what other excellent sites and books have you found regarding human trafficking or modern slavery, child soldiers, forced prostitution, bonded slave labor? I welcome your comments.

  1. jeremy says:

    I’m hoping to do a global project capturing stories of hope with victims rescued from human trafficking. I need 1,000 votes in the next 5 days to get funding. Spread the word. http://www.nameyourdreamassignment.com/the-ideas/jimminyjay/children-of-redemption/

  2. Nikki says:

    This article is really interesting to me. I work for The Emancipation Network which is actually a partner of Free The Slaves. Emancipation Network (TEN) is an international organization that fights slavery with empowerment, ‘slavery-proofing’ survivors and high risk communities by giving them economic alternatives and education and using the Made By Survivors products to help build the abolition movement in the US.

    We sell beautiful handicrafts made by survivors at 18 shelters around the world, and offer business development to help survivors and shelters build sustainable enterprises. 100% of profits from the sale of our products go back to anti-slavery efforts.

    We are currently finalists in a contest in which we could win $5,000 which would directly aid the slavery survivors of our Destiny Project in India. If you want to help us by voting in this contest please visit: http://www.changemakers.net/competition/freedom

    If anyone is interested in more information on this cause please visit our website at: http://www.madebysurvivors.com or contact me at nikki.maf@gmail.com


  3. Paul Bernish says:

    At the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, in Cincinnati, we are attempting to raise public awareness of the expanding presence of modern forms of slavery. Our efforts currently are focused within the United States (and, specifically, Ohio) and consist of hosting forums, speakers and helping train attorneys, judges, social workers and law enforcement personnel.

    The context for our involvement is the 19th Century Underground Railroad, a secret network of individuals who assisted enslaved Africans escape to freedom in states north of the Mason-Dixon line and Canada. One of the most heavily-traveled Underground Railroad pathways came through southwest Ohio; our museum pays homage to both those who fled tyranny and those who helped them achieve freedom.

    Today, perversely, a new Underground Railroad exists . . . one that trafficks human beings into slavery. Thousands of victims are brought into the U.S. (and other nations) for purposes of economic exploitation and held against the threat of violence. As Kevin Bales and other experts point out, there are more slaves today than at any moment in history. Why? Because the global economy fuels human exploitation and creates demand for “disposable people.”

    For anyone who is looking for reading material on trafficking, modern abolitionist movements, and the historical roots of slavery, the websites of various non-government organizations — like Free the Slaves — is a good place to start. Our online book store also has an extensive collection of relevant books and movies. We also offer a “Freedom Blog” and encourage anyone who is interesed in modern slavery issues to check out our website and, perhaps, post a comment.

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