Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Abolish slavery

According to the website of the A21 Campaign, "There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will."  That may come as a great surprise to you, but after you recover from the shock, get outraged and then help put an end to it!

Americans are familiar with the time in this country's history when rich (usually white) people owned slaves (usually black people).  We also know that slavery was abolished by law.  Not so easy to do away with the practices though in so many other parts of the world.  A number of organizations have chipped away at the problem.  You may recall me writing about young Vivienne Harr and her lemonade stand.  I am impressed at the impact she has had and continues to have on the problem.  The Jubilee Project, whom I have written about several times here, did a film "Back to Innocence," to show the millions of children who are forced and manipulated into slavery for sex every year.   I could list several others too, but the point is, it's a huge problem and can use as much attention and as much help as possible.

So today I want to make you aware of the A21 Campaign.  They have a presence in Europe, Africa, and Australia, as well as here in the United States.  There are many ways you can help them too.  Volunteers are needed and money too, but first, find out more.  A good place to start is on their website at http://www.thea21campaign.org 

The first thing you will see when you begin reading the information on their site, is that the problem of human trafficking is huge.  The next things I hope you will notice is that people are making a difference and each one of us can join in.  Get involved.  Everybody deserves to be free!

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