International Free the Slaves Awareness Day

26 03 2009

Did you know that there are 27 million slaves worldwide today? Shocking, isn’t it? March 27 is International Free the Slaves Awareness Day. Free the Slaves is a not for profit organization that “… liberates slaves around the world, helps them rebuild their lives and researches real world solutions to eradicate slavery forever.” They have a 25-year plan to eradicate slavery. Here are facts they list about slavery:

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Think slavery doesn’t exist in the U.S.? Think again. Slaves are harbored in 90 U.S. cities. An estimated 50% of the over 14,500 – 17,500 slaves trafficked into the U.S. each year are sex slaves; the other 50% are in the agriculture, domestic service, manufacturing, and other industries.

The largest numbers of slaves – as many as 18 million – are in Pakistan, Nepal, and India. The Free the Slaves website has an interactive map you can click on to find out about slavery in any part of the world.

President Obama calls human slavery a “top priority.” In a March 24, 2009 White House press release, “President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Luis C. de Baca as Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the State Department.” If you want to help, Free the Slaves has a whole page of suggestions.

You can read other posts I have written about slavery/trafficking:

The average citizen in the U.S. can possibly save a person being held in slavery by being alert to things that don’t seem right and being inquisitive. A slave may even be a teenager living with their family and being coerced into sexual slavery as is the case in the post mentioned above.

Watch this excellent video from Free the Slaves with personal stories of people enslaved under false pretenses. The resiliency and spirit of people who have been through this horror is amazing. Join Free the Slaves and the many other excellent organizations such as isanctuary.org and FreeGirl Foundation that work to stamp out human slavery and trafficking. We all bear responsibility for our brothers and sisters all over the world.

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8 responses

27 03 2009
viktoryian

Great article about slavery, meaningful and important! Unfortunately slavery still exist! We all must fight against it!
ViktoryiaN

27 03 2009
maryanncp

Thanks for keeping this issue on the front burner. We were hoping that the Agreed Conclusions from the 53rd Commission on the Status of Women here at the UN would contain specific language calling on governments to do more to combat trafficking and slavery, since the women and girls make up the majority of the victims of these crimes.

There is some language that refers to migrant women and girls who are domestic workers. Obviously, the real status of many female domestic workers is a gray area. Anyway:

x. Strengthen efforts to protect the rights and ensure decent work conditions for all domestic workers, including women migrant domestic workers, in, inter alia, their working hours and wages, and to improve their access to health-care services and other social and economic benefits;

y. Take measures to address the special needs of girls, including migrant girls, employed as domestic workers and caregivers, as well as those that have to perform excessive domestic chores and caregiving responsibilities, and to provide access to education, vocational training, health services, food, shelter and recreation, while ensuring the prevention and elimination of
child labour and economic exploitation of girls;

You can read the entire text of the Agreed Conclusions at: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/

27 03 2009
MarjakaThriver

Excellent post! Great Links! I’m glad we both got our posts up for Bloggers Unite and Free The Slaves Awareness Day.

I see that you do a lot of awareness-raising on child abuse, sexual slavery, trafficking, etc. Would you please consider submitting one of your wonderful posts to THE BLOG CARNIVAL AGAINST CHILD ABUSE? I founded and maintain the carnival and have details about it at my blog. Thanks, in advance, for considering joining us.

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