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St. Patrick knew all about human trafficking

In Child Labor, Forced Labor on March 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Green beer sales mark the globalized celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and for many who are only Irish once a year little more is thought of.   But it may be time for St. Patrick’s Day to become an occasion of global awareness for something more than the taste of Guinness, namely the problem of human trafficking.

Patrick was only 16 when he was seized by human traffickers.  Removed from his family and home in Roman Britain, he was transported across the Irish Sea to the foreign surroundings of Dalriada  in what is now Northern Ireland.  The traffickers sold Patrick to a local warlord who exploited the young Briton for six years of forced labor.

Patrick escaped and fled Ireland, yet his conversion to Christianity while a slave gave him a mission to return to minister to his former captors.  From that point Patrick’s ministry in Ireland became so significant that his identity and the country’s are difficult to separate.   Yet it is easily forgotten that Patrick’s early experience of his adopted country was as a victim of human trafficking.

Today when people think of slavery they rarely think of a modern problem, but rather something belonging to earlier centuries. But in the transnational world that is ‘flattened’ modern slavery can take many different forms than those associated with plantations or estates in the Caribbean or American South.

Source: National Post

Holiday Shopping Guide: 31 Bits

In Human Trafficking on December 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm



Four radiating strands of light grey, slate grey, and mint colored paper beads, finished off with medium sized accent beads dusted with gold leafing. Fastens with a button clasp.

Additional Information

Measures 7.5″ around. Can be twisted to fit smaller wrists.

Source/Buy: 31 Bits

Holiday Shopping Guide: THIS SOUP IS NOT FOR SALE

In Human Trafficking, Social Justice on December 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm


The NFS Soup was created to be a tool in the fight against human trafficking. It comes in four unique flavors based on recipes inspired by the women training at the NFS soup kitchen in Amsterdam; Pumpkin Ginger, Cream of Mushroom, Beef Goulash, Tomato Beet.

NFS Soup is not available online yet, but find our soups in stores across the Netherlands. There are currently four flavors: Pumpkin Ginger, Cream of Mushroom, Beef Goulash, Tomato Beet.

Source/Buy: Not For Sale Shop

Holiday Shopping Guide: Yahana Bracelet

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on December 7, 2013 at 3:10 pm


Yanaha means “brave” in Navajo. This bracelet is hand-beaded on a traditional Navajo loom and made with high quality seed beads. After the pattern is arranged on the loom, the beads are sewn onto genuine deerskin lining from a local New Mexico leather company. On average, this bracelet takes over six hours to make and stitch! 

When you purchase an Etkie bracelet, you are directly supporting a female Navajo artisan in New Mexico to earn a living wage and gain confidence and independence to achieve her goals.

Additional Information

  • 1” wide
  • 6” long, adjustable band
  • Deerskin lining

Source/Buy: Etkie

Holiday Shopping Guide: Freedom Candle

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on December 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm


We’ve managed to create a fresh, clean scent that embodies the comfort of fall. Our hand-poured, unbleached beeswax candle will produce minimal soot and a bright, steady flame for beautiful illumination.

The essential oils in this candle are made by farmers in South Africa. Because of this employment these farmers are creating a new way life – they can send their children to school and they have the reassurance that tomorrow will be better than today.

50% of the profits from our Freedom Line are donated to organizations that are working

to end human trafficking in Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar, Greece, Columbia, the Philippines, the Netherlands, Canada, and the United States.

Additional Information

  • Hand-poured, 100% beeswax, 100% cotton wick, ethically sourced essential oils from India.
  • Burn Time: 50-60 hrs

Source/Buy: Phoster Candles

Special Report: Thailand secretly supplies Myanmar refugees to trafficking rings

In Bonded Labor, Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on December 6, 2013 at 10:19 am
Ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar wave as they are transported by a wooden boat to a temporary shelter in Krueng Raya in Aceh Besar, in this file picture taken April 8, 2013.  CREDIT: REUTERS/JUNAIDI HANAFIAH/FILES

Ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar wave as they are transported by a wooden boat to a temporary shelter in Krueng Raya in Aceh Besar, in this file picture taken April 8, 2013.

One afternoon in October, in the watery no-man’s land between Thailand and Myanmar, Muhammad Ismail vanished.

Thai immigration officials said he was being deported toMyanmar. In fact, they sold Ismail, 23, and hundreds of other Rohingya Muslims to human traffickers, who then spirited them into brutal jungle camps.

As thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar to escape religious persecution, a Reuters investigation in three countries has uncovered a clandestine policy to remove Rohingya refugees from Thailand’s immigration detention centers and deliver them to human traffickers waiting at sea.

The Rohingya are then transported across southern Thailand and held hostage in a series of camps hidden near the border with Malaysia until relatives pay thousands of dollars to release them. Reporters located three such camps – two based on the testimony of Rohingya held there, and a third by trekking to the site, heavily guarded, near a village called Baan Klong Tor.

Thousands of Rohingya have passed through this tropical gulag. An untold number have died there. Some have been murdered by camp guards or have perished from dehydration or disease, survivors said in interviews.

Source: Reuters

Holiday Shopping Guide: Double Crescent Rainbow Quartz Earrings

In Human Trafficking, Social Justice on December 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm


The crescent symbolizes the rebirth of the moon, which is symbolic of feminine power and womanhood. Wear your Double Crescent Rainbow Quartz Earrings and embrace your girl power.


For each product sold a portion of the proceeds will be gifted to a charitable organization or cause that supports the well-being, growth and development of women and/or girls. Some of these organizations include Not for Sale.

Additional Information

  • Handmade
  • Measures 1 3⁄4” x 2 3⁄4’
  • Non-tarnish, gold-plated wire Rainbow titanium coated quartz stone
  • Natural stones may vary from one order to the next. The actual stone delivered may differ slightly from the picture(s) shown. These differences and variations in stone should be considered as the beauty of natural stone and desirable. Lighting changes in pictures may make a stone appear different from the actual product seen in “real life’.

Source/Buy: Brave Chick

Gaps in data hindering child trafficking fight

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on December 4, 2013 at 12:06 pm

The UK must immediately introduce an independent Anti-Trafficking Commissioner to improve Government responses weakened by a lack of data on child trafficking, ECPAT UK said in its latest evidence submission to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.

A comprehensive and ongoing audit of UK responses to child trafficking must also be undertaken to prevent further escalation of the issues and protect vulnerable children.

Many separated children who are trafficked continue to be failed by the systems designed to protect them, despite the existence of key policies and legislation to protect the rights of all children in the UK, regardless of their immigration status or country of origin.

According to ECPAT UK, an Anti-Trafficking Commissioner would play a central role in assessing the effectiveness of these Government interventions, helping to inform improved responses to child trafficking.

Source: ECPAT


In Awareness, Human Trafficking on December 4, 2013 at 10:03 am



Source: MTV Exit

Made in a Free World: Who Made My –?

In Awareness, Child Labor, Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on December 3, 2013 at 2:55 pm


Source: Made in a Free World


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