In Awareness, Child Labor, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Soldiers, Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm
These friends have been enslaved in the mines for three years. Donatien (left) wants to be president so he can help other children. Josué (right) wants to open a store or a barber shop.
The Congo is rich in minerals that make modern lifestyles possible-from medical devices and household goods to automobiles and high-tech electronics. They’re known as the “Three Ts” (tin, tungsten, tantalum) and gold. Ore mined by slaves in the DRC is smuggled into the global trade in metals, tainting many products that we use every day.
The military conflict makes things worse, as armed groups battle for control of lucrative mining sites. But the quest for illicit profits won’t end when the shooting does. Congolese communities need resources to avoid all forms of slavery and to develop alternative livelihoods that don’t rely so heavily on mining. Are you part of the problem? Can you be part of the solution?
(Free the Slaves)
In Child Labor, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude on March 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm
When Helia LaJeunesse was five years old, her mother died. She went to live with her grandmother until she too passed away. A neighbor took Helia in until she was about twelve years old. The woman of the house made Helia do all the cleaning and all of the chores around the house. Helia was verbally and physically abused, and she wasn’t allowed to go to school. Even the neighbors would tell the woman that she was mistreating Helia. The woman would reply that since she didn’t have a family, Helia was an animal, and should be treated like an animal. Not until the community threatened to burn down the woman’s house did she let Helia go to communion class.
Helia finally mustered enough courage to escape. She was enslaved again, “I would have the hope that somebody would deliver me. I always have that hope and I believe that not everybody can be the same way.”
(Free the Slaves)
Click on the link above to read the entire interview with Helia!