Monday, 11 January 2010

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Slavery Still Exists

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

Link: Make someone aware of human trafficking today

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 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.



  1. Thank you, Emm. There is so much to do. I've added your blog to my blogroll.

  2. hope the governments must act to protect the children or women from this slavery.

  3. This is a terrible problem especially in big cities. Our Mayor here in San Francisco just implemented a task force to crack down on the problem that we have here. It is terrible and should be addressed more aggressively.

  4. Human trafficking has become such a huge problem that I do not understand why it does not get more attention in the mass media. We avert our eyes like we do when passing a car accident as though it does not impact us. This issue is horrendous and we must force ourselves to look at it and to be driven to action.

  5. @ Jeff: Thank you! I think you're doing a fab job and you've taken on a lot!

    @ Life Moto: Thank you for popping by and commenting! You are right - I also hope they take action - but did you know men are victims of slavery too?

    @ Joanne: Oh really? That is really interesting (and scary at the same time). So it is a big enough problem that a task force has been set up. (I must investigate the situation here in London).

    @ Cher: You are so right.


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