This week, we’re visiting two blogs that highlight issues of injustice and what the average person can do to free those under oppression.
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.
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:
â€œApproximately 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 theÂ International Justice Mission (IJM) to launch a new campaign to raise public awareness and advocate the passage of the U.S.Â Child Protection Compact Act of 2009 (CPCA).â€
AllAfrica.com – Zambia president vows to end gender-based discrimination and violence, supported by IJM Zambia:
â€œPresident 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. â€¦ 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.â€
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).”
This week, we’re visiting the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid blog, “Ya Basta! Stop Human Trafficking Today.”
According to their Web site, “TRLA provides free civil legal services to low-income and disadvantaged residents of Central, South and West Texas, serving communities within 68 Texas counties – including the entire 1,200 mile Texas-Mexico border. TRLA provides legal assistance to more than 20,000 residents every year.”
The organization also gives trafficking victims the legal and social assistance necessary to help individuals get back on their feet.
To learn more about Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, and to read a post highlighting At the End of Slavery, please visit the organization’s blog.
The Examiner: More than 700 arrested and 50 children rescued in sting
The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the rescue of 50 children who were the victims of child prostitution- here, in the United States. 700 other suspects were also arrested, including 60 pimps, on state and local charges over the weekend. The FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and state and local law enforcement agencies contributed to the sting known as Operation Cross Country IV.
Blogomonster.com: NBC Datelineâ€™s IJM feature exposes blogger to sex slavery
One blogger writes about sex slavery and how they first became aware of the issue.Â They write, â€œI first became aware of the issue of human trafficking after watching a special on Dateline NBC. The program featured the work of the International Justice Mission (IJM.org), a faith-based human rights agency that seeks to free victims of human trafficking and prosecute the perpetrators. I was horrified by the issue of sexual exploitation and bonded labor. The staggering statistics broke my heart.â€
The Business Mirror: Lawyers step up drive vs. human traffickers
Lawyers in the Philippines, including International Justice Mission’s Andrew Sawchenko, are hoping to put more people suspected of criminal exploitation in jail as they continue to crackdown on trafficking within the region.
Sawchenko said, â€œSince 2007, there has been a huge upswing in the cases filed, and we are looking forward to convictions as we need to establish that there is a significant risk so the people involved in trafficking will have a difficult business decision.â€
A New parliamentary bill amendment, which aims to protect those being held under practices of servitude and forced labor, is going before the House of Lords in the UK.
Aidan McQuade, from Anti-Slavery International, said: “Forced labor will remain a reality in the UK unless adequate legislation is put in place and enforcedâ€¦. The existing legal provisions fail to protect victims or ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice.”
KCAU-TV (ABC): UNL wants to become center for human trafficking research
Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln want to become the new center for research on human trafficking.Â Marketing professor Dwayne Ball points out that trafficking is a problem found worldwide, including Nebraska.
This week, we’re visiting two blogs that raise awareness about modern-day slavery:
The first blog is from an emerging, small businessÂ called Shift6Threads. The company’s goal is to be a force for good by supporting the work of organizations that combat modern-day slavery, including the Not for Sale Campaign and International Justice Mission.
The second blog is called, “The Truth About Polygamy and Human Trafficking,” which discusses the various issues surrounding religion, polygamy and human trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Please visit the above sites to get these bloggers’ perspectives on At the End of Slavery, and to learn more about what you can do to help combat this modern-day injustice.
To read the stories of two former sex slaves, learn more about modern-day slavery and to see how the work of one young filmmaker is helping to combat injustice, please check out the links below.
Huffington Post: Diary of an escaped sex slave
â€œYou think slavery went out with Abraham Lincoln? Ask my friend Sreypov Chan about that. She’s a cute young Cambodian woman with a love for Kelly Clarkson songs and Tom & Jerry cartoons. But when she was seven years old, her mom sold her into sexual slaveryâ€¦This month, Marie Claire published Sreypov’s story, along with a photo essay of her work inside one of Phnom Penh’s most notorious brothels.â€
Phnom Penh Post: Former sex slave wins 2009 Freedom Award
â€œSex slave-turned-activist Sina Vann received the Frederick Douglass Award at the 2009 Freedom Awards in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Awarded to those who have survived a form of slavery and are actively helping the lives of others, the Frederick Douglass Award provides US$10,000 to help facilitate current work and another $10,000 as a personal reward.â€
â€œHuman trafficking has become a serious and under-detected crime all around the world, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported on the EU anti-trafficking day. The relevant figure showed that currently, about 2.7 million people worldwide were victims of human trafficking, who were engaged in prostitution, begging, or high-intensity labor in tough conditions, including 1.2 million children victims.â€
GulfNews.com: Gregg Helveyâ€™s Kavi highlights modern-day slavery
â€œThis year’s Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) not only showcased blockbuster and independent movies from around the world, but also ensured that films highlighting important issues were given their moments to shine. One such movie is Kavi, a short film by Gregg Halvey, which addresses the issue of modern-day slavery, told through the eyes and experiences of the main character, who lends his name to the title of the film.â€
Over the next several weeks, we will be following key bloggers who are playing active roles in fighting against modern-day slavery.
These human rights advocates are also highlighting At the End of Slavery as a tool to help catalyze the movement to end modern-day slavery worldwide.
Please visitÂ ALENOW.org to learn more about modern-day slavery and how you can be a promoter of social justice.
To learn more about current, local and global stories on modern-day slavery, please check out the links below.
A woman in Newark, New Jersey is on trial for her alleged involvement with smuggling more than 20 West African girls to work in her hair braiding salons. The girls, ages 10 to 19, were forced to work 14 hour days without pay. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shana W. Chen said, “She knew these girls were young. They were poor. They were uneducated. She knew they wanted a better life and they were susceptible to that promise.”
STL Today – â€œStudy seeks ban on organ traffickingâ€
Exploiting a living person for the use of living cells or organs is already a crime included under human trafficking laws, but the U.N. and the Council of Europe say there is a need for a global definition.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - â€œ90210’s McCord fights against human traffickingâ€
Nip Tuckâ€™s and 90210â€™s AnnaLynne McCord joins a slew of other celebrities, such as Emma Thompson, Ricky Martin, and Ashley Judd, who are taking a stand against human trafficking.Â On her experience with working with non-profit organization, Blind Project, she says, “It’s been really incredible to be able to shed light on a billion-dollar industry that barely anyone knows about.”
Girls as young as 11 are being abducted and forced into arranged marriages as part of an ancient cultural custom in areas of South Africa. Now, many of these young brides are finding refuge in local care centers.
Please visit IJM.org to learn how you can help combat modern-day slavery.
Does your community know about modern-day slavery?
We wanted to find out what students and the University of Missouri knew about this global issue, so we set out on a series of interviews.
Please take a look at the video below to see the reactions of students when they were told just how prominent slavery is today.
To learn more about modern-day slavery, please visit IJM.org.
The Christian Post – “Film uncovers dark underworld of modern-day slavery”
Ambassador Luis CdeBaca was one of several influential figures who attended the Washington D.C. premier of At the End of Slavery last Wednesday. According to the article, “Ted Haddock, the filmâ€™s director, said a unique element of the documentary is that it presents the rule of law as an important tool in fighting bondage slavery.”
The Namibian - “Human trafficking to surge in build-up to 2010 World Cup”
The 2010 World Cup is expected to bring a significant boost to South Africa’s economy, but with 500,000 predicted international visitors, a boost in human trafficking may be a result of some of that spending. One Zambian researcher shares her concerns of a major increase in the demand for women and child sex “workers” from the estimated 500 gangs involved in South Africa’s sex trade.
York Daily Record – “Three plead guilty to modern-day slavery at U.S. nail salon”
In June 2008, two Vietnamese woman escaped a nail salon in Pennsylvania where they were forced to work without pay for four years, under threats from the owners. On Tuesday, three of the perpetrators plead guilty to charges of modern-day slavery and are facing a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison. According to the York Daily Record, “The Da Vi Nail Salon remains open, but its ownership is not known. A spokesman for the Da Vi franchise in Utah declined to identify the owner.”
International Justice Mission will be hosting the Washington, DC premier ofÂ At the End of Slavery, tonight at 7pm ET!
Please follow IJMcampaigns on Twitter for live updates on this evening’s event!
“Heroes Undercover”, an IJM Freedom Partner podcast, gives you a behind the scenes look into the lives of the brave men and women fighting on the front lines against modern day slavery.
In this podcast, host Amy Roth brings you undercover with IJMâ€™s corps of highly-trained investigators, whose courage and commitment have brought freedom, safety and hope to thousands of people victimized by violent oppression. Youâ€™ll go deep into ongoing covert operations in Cambodia, India and around the world, exploring the dangers IJM investigators face every day, and the life-changing results that make them so worthwhile.
Hosted byÂ Amy Roth, IJM Director of Media Relations
Introduced by Sharon Cohn Wu, IJM Senior Vice President of Justice Operations
With IJM staff: Gary Haugen, President and CEO; Jeff Blom, Vice President of Investigations; IJM frontline investigators
Music byÂ Sara Groves, IJM Artist Partner
For more information on becoming an IJM Freedom Partner, please click here.
*** UPDATE: 9/23, 9:25AM ET ***
The winners of the Audience Choice and Judges’ Choice categories will be announced here on Wednesday, 9/23, at 7pm ET. Thank you to all who participated and voted. Special thanks to our guest judges: Phil Cooke, Craig Detweiler, Brent Gudgel, Gregg Helvey, and Dave Mahanes.
Thank you to everyone who submitted a trailer contest entry. We appreciate the passion and creativity you so evidently put into your work.
If you have not yet viewed the entries, please check them out and vote for your top three picks by Wednesday, September 23 at 12am ET.Â That’s less than 48 hours away, so please cast your vote and invite your family and friends to do the same!
Please continue to keep an eye out for further updates on the trailer contest, the film and the movement to end modern day slavery, right here at attheEndofSlavery.com.
A film alone cannot end slavery, but all of us together – we can.