Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States. many people worldwide, like myself, have chosen to draw awareness to this day as slavery and human trafficking is a worldwide problem.
In my travels today, I have come across a great many links that I would like to share with you.
1) Blog: Stop Child Slavery
I don’t think Jeff’s efforts have been anaemic. I think he has an amazing and important blog and recommend that everybody spend some time going through his articles and learning about the spectre of child slavery worldwide. Jeff is among the growing number of people who makes me want to be a better blogger and activist.
2) Organisation: Polaris Project Action Center
The Polaris website states that slavery is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world. They remind us that it is happening in our midst and give information on human trafficking and modern-day slavery and they also advise on how to make a direct impact in the lives of victims and survivors.
One of the greatest featured of their website is a Recommended Reading List on the topics of slavery and human trafficking. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of those books!
3) Twitter list: Demi Moore’s ‘End Slavery’ list
The more I hear about how Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore work to raise awareness about important issues, the more respect I have for them. I respect all celebrities who take part in social awareness projects an pursuits.
Click on the wonderful sites in Demi Moore’s list and spend the afternoon learning about slavery and reading up on the various topics and issues.
4) Twitter list: Missus Emm’s ‘activism’ list
You can also subscribe to my ever-expanding list of Twitter users promoting activism. If you’d like to suggest links to me, simply reply to @missus_emm.
5) Organisation: End Slavery Now
The website for End Slavery Now has a very simple format telling people how they can Learn - Tell - Report – Act.
6) Article: 40 Ideas for Action
Change.org is a fantastic website and Amanda Kloer is an amazing writer.
40 Ideas for Action on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: From Facebook to Legislation is a must read article.
7) My personal tip: Don’t buy pirated DVDs.
If I had to think of one change that any normal person could make it would be to stop buying pirated DVDs.
The Guardian ran a piece last year titled: Fifth of Britons unknowingly aid child trafficking and the British anti-pirating body F.A.C.T. has also drawn links between human trafficking, the drug trade and pirated DVDs on its news page. Never, ever, ever buy pirated DVDs and report the crime to the police. Who knows, you may free that vendor from forced labour too.