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Khaleej Times- Experts call for review of human trafficking law

The Dubai Public Prosecution’s office general attorney has admitted the UAE federal law on human trafficking is vague and is now advocating for a change.  He says the current form hindered prosecution,  did not detail acts that constituted human trafficking and was inadequate in outlining the procedures to be followed when violation was suspected.

Canadian Press-Ottawa to make sure no human trafficking problem at Olympics

The federal government is keeping an eye on Vancouver’s Olympic Games to ensure they do not further support human trafficking. Canada’s public safety minister said, “My view is that human trafficking is not a problem only at the Olympics. it’s a problem for Canada at all times at special events … we’re working with local police on the range of those issues.”

NY Daily News- She survived the horror Ex-’chica’ takes aim at trafficking

Kika Cerpa, a native of Venezuela, was lured to the United States by her boyfriend in 1993. When she arrived at age 20, her boyfriend’s cousin took her passport, her life savings and told her she had to pay off her debt by working at a brothel.  Now, Cerpa is working with the local authorities to educate the public on the dangers of force prostitution.

IJM investigator with rescued victims

IJM investigator with rescued victims

As you saw – or will see – in At the End of Slavery, the work of IJM’s investigators can be dangerous. But, it is a core component to IJM’s four-fold purpose:

1. Victim Relief

2. Perpetrator Accountability

3. Victim Aftercare

4. Structural Transformation

You may have further questions on the motives, fears, hopes and work of IJM’s investigators, so we would like to offer you an opportunity to go even further undercover with these brave men and women.

If you would like to hear what makes IJM’s VP of Investigations, Jeff Blom, do this dangerous and life-changing work, please click here.

If you would like to see a photo/audio slide show that highlights the work of IJM’s investigators around the world, please do so here.

Did anything you heard stand out to you? Please share your thoughts with us, below.

With over 300 screenings of At the End of Slavery and more than 13,000 people who attended, The Weekend to End Slavery was a success in helping to catalyze individuals and communities to fight against this very real injustice.

Here’s a sneak peak into two watch parties that took place over the weekend:

1. Derek Webb and wife Sandra McCracken’s watch party in Nashville, TN:

2. One house party in southeast Germany:

If you attended a screening of “At the End of Slavery,” what’s one new fact YOU learned about human trafficking or modern-day slavery?

Did anything said or shown in the film come as a surprise to you?

What is one way you think your community can help end slavery, TODAY?

Please share your comments with us, below.

You can also give us an inside look into the screening you attended by sending a tweet to @IJMHQ with your thoughts and photos. We’d love to get your feedback!

Thanks again to everyone that is hosting or attending a house party or screening for At the End of Slavery this weekend. Over 300 screenings will be going on this weekend with over 13,000 attendees!
We want to hear from you. If you post photos, videos or blog posts about your event online, please share a link in the comments section.

If you’re on Twitter, hashtag your At the End of Slavery tweets with #ATEOS so we can display them in real-time.

Don’t forget to tune in tonight at 8pm EST for our live webcast with Gary Haugen (IJM President and CEO), Holly Burkhalter (IJM Vice President of Government Relations) and Amy Roth (IJM Director of Media Relations).

» www.attheendofslavery.com/weekend-to-end

If you can’t attend the live webcast, the recorded version will be available shortly after the webcast.

Attention all house party and church screening hosts!

Image: www.katherinefan.com

Image: www.katherinefan.com

We want to make sure your screening is represented on our map of the hundreds of screenings that will be taking place across the country and world.

So – if you have not yet registered your At the End of Slavery screening, please do so here before the weekend really kicks off!

We look forward to hearing from you.

5. Check to make sure your TV and DVD player are working properly.

4. Prepare drinks and food of your choice beforehand, or ask friends to contribute. If you’d like a few fun recipes, please click here.

3. If you think name tags would be helpful for your group of attendees, pair these with pens in a convenient location.

2. Become more equipped and confident by reviewing the informational cards provided by International Justice Mission – pay particular attention to card numbers 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

1. Relax and enjoy your At the End of Slavery house party experience. You can be confident your hard work and passion will be evident to all who attend!

Thank you for partnering with International Justice Mission in the movement to end modern-day slavery.

International Justice Mission spoke with Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter on what the average, voting American can do to empower government officials to stand against modern-day slavery – both in the U.S. and in the international arena.

To learn how you can take part in the movement to end modern-day slavery, please visit IJM.org.

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BBCBangalore baby allegedly rented out to beggars to net cash

“Child welfare officials are investigating the case of a baby who was reportedly rented out to beggars in the southern Indian city of Bangalore. The nanny reportedly told the parents she would ‘rent’ the baby for 100 rupees ($2) a day to beggars who attract more sympathy with an infant. She was found out when the mother came home early to find her child missing.”

NYUNews.comMichael Bloomberg, actress Emma Thompson open ‘provocative’ exhibit on sex trafficking

“Many people know Emma Thompson as Nanny McPhee or Professor Sybil Trelawney from the Harry Potter films. But yesterday the British actress took a break from film and joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYU President John Sexton outside the Silver Center to open an art installation intended to raise awareness about sex trafficking.”

“The exhibition, titled ‘Journey,’ is installed inside seven industrial crates, set up on the south side of Washington Place. Each crate takes viewers through a range of emotions that sex slaves feel throughout their journey, ranging from hope to desperation.”

APUS officials initiate new push against human trafficking

“Fourteen cities are being targeted in a new campaign aimed at alerting people about human trafficking, federal immigration officials have announced.”

“The ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ initiative, sponsored by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, features billboards highlighting ‘the horrors and the prevalence of human trafficking,’ which the agency says is equivalent to ‘modern-day slavery.’”

Ria NovostiRussia’s Federal Security Service detains 14 suspected human traffickers

“Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained, in cooperation with the Investigation Committee and foreign law enforcement bodies, 14 suspected human traffickers, the service reported Tuesday. The FSB said it had prevented the activities of ‘an organized criminal group that traded in humans for a long time using channels of illegal migration to Western Europe.’”

Whether we are aware of it or not, hints of modern-day slavery are prevalent in many areas of the average American’s life.

Whether shopping in clothing stories or supermarkets, as consumers it’s important to be aware of our purchases, and what enterprises our money is actually fueling. One way this may be achieved is by helping educate our friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members on the conditions goods are made under.

The following three companies have created organizations that promote the sale of fair trade goods, and guarantee those who create them, as well as their families, have access to education and health care.

One of the largest fair trade organization’s in the world, Ten Thousand Villages, derives its name from a Mahatma Gandhi quote:

“…India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages…we have hardly ever paused to inquire if these folks get sufficient to eat and clothe themselves with.”

The non-profit program strives to help artists in dozens of countries by selling their  handmade gifts worldwide. TTV helps pay for food, education, health care and housing for artists who would otherwise be unemployed or working under oppressive conditions.

Theo Chocolate, the first and only organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory in the United States,  works to provide a product that is both environmentally and ethically responsible. Theo Chocolate ensures employees earn fair living wages and have access to health care and education for their families. It also uses green energy sources to power its factories.

Original Good looks to change consumerism by asking every consumer to be more responsible with how they spend their money.  The product brand from World of Good, Inc. aims to provide consumers with products that are created under fair conditions by artists worldwide.

Attention house party hosts:

With the Weekend to End Slavery just a few days away, it’s important to start preparing for your house party on Saturday, November 14.

So this week, AttheEndofSlavery.com will be offering tips and suggestions for throwing a successful screening. And, what is a great house party without delicious food? Here are three recipes from Allrecipes.com, Better Homes and Gardens, and Tasteofhome.com that your guests are sure to enjoy!

This week, we’re visiting two blogs that highlight issues of injustice and what the average person can do to free those under oppression.

Freedom (International Justice Mission)

Freedom (International Justice Mission)

Think Christianly and CJAYE57’s Weblog are two helpful resources on modern-day slavery, and each shares how At the End of Slavery helps support today’s battle for justice.

On Think Christianly, Jonathan Morrow provides a list of action steps on how individuals and communities can help shatter systems of oppression, and writes:

“We can end modern-day slavery. Do you believe that? … Change happens when ordinary people do what they can to take action. We can end slavery – but the battle will take all of us. How will you help shatter this system of oppression?”

CJAYE57’s Weblog, which focuses on the issues of human trafficking and abuse, highlights one post from CauseCast.org on how films like At the End of Slavery can expose injustice and empower individuals to fight against it:

“‘At the End of Slavery’ is filmed on location in India, Cambodia, and the Philippines with undercover footage from the front-lines of rescue efforts and first-person testimony of those freed from illegal slavery. The filmmakers hope to expose the atrocious issues of modern-slavery by making the compelling argument that with their success in finding and rescuing victims, and prosecuting those responsible, there can be a viable end to slave trade.”

To learn how you can take part in the movement to end modern-day slavery, please visit IJM.org.

International Justice Mission met with Brad Riley, Founder/CEO of iEmpathize, to discuss the important role the arts can play in raising awareness of modern-day slavery.

iEmpathize is an Arts and Advocacy non-profit created to help people learn more about, and fight against, violent forms of oppression – particularly child trafficking.

According to Riley, telling stories of hope that oftentimes go unnoticed is key.

To learn more about how you can use your creative gifts to combat modern-day slavery, please visit iEmpathize.org.

For stories of rescue and restoration, we invite you to visit ijm.org.

Examiner.com – Child sex traffickers sentenced to federal prison:

“Two Fort Lauderdale, Florida residents were sentenced to federal prison for running a sex-trafficking operation, disguised as an escort service, using children in South Florida, according to court documents obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.”

The Malaysia Star - Stateless at greater risk of sex trafficking, slavery:

“For thousands of people living along the Thai-Myanmar border, citizenship is a major issue. So major that it could determine whether they end up being trafficked as sex prisoners, child slaves or forced labour. Every year, an estimated 1.2 million child victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation or cheap labour (ILO and Unicef).”

Human Rights Brief – IJM mobilizes supporters to pass child trafficking law:

“Approximately 1.2 million children worldwide are victims of child trafficking each year. Children are trafficked primarily for purposes of domestic labor and sexual exploitation. Although the majority of countries where child trafficking occurs have outlawed the practice, they often lack the necessary resources and training to successfully enforce their laws. This gap in enforcement has moved the International Justice Mission (IJM) to launch a new campaign to raise public awareness and advocate the passage of the U.S. Child Protection Compact Act of 2009 (CPCA).”

AllAfrica.com – Zambia president vows to end gender-based discrimination and violence, supported by IJM Zambia:

“President Rupiah Banda has described violence against women and children as the worst form of human rights violation and said the Government will do everything within its means to end the crime. … Mr Banda paid tribute to United Nations Children Fund, United States for International Development , World Vision, Care International and International Justice Mission for the support.”

Huffington Post (blog)HRW condemns MONUC in Congo:

“In a damning and stunning statement today, Human Rights Watch (HRW) charged that the United Nations peacekeeping force (MONUC) in the Democratic Republic of Congo ‘knowingly supports abusive military operations’ by the regular Congolese Army (FARDC).”