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What Would Lincoln Think Of Modern Day Slavery?

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on May 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm

This video is a PG-13 dramatic commercial depicting modern day slavery. Its part of a new campaign we have launched called I’m With Lincoln. We are asking Congress to make ending slavery a priority. Please watch and

Source: Slavery Footprint


President Obama’s Speech on Human Trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on March 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Last September, President Obama made a speech renouncing human trafficking and vowing that the U.S.would take serious steps to end what he called “modern-day slavery.” He said that “[slavery] evokes obviously one of the most painful chapters in our nation’s history. But around the world, there’s no denying the awful reality. When a man, desperate for work, finds himself in a factory or on a fishing boat or in a field, working,toiling, for little or no pay, and beaten if he tries to escape — that is slavery. When a woman is locked in a sweatshop, or trapped in a home as a domestic servant, alone and abused and incapable of leaving — that’s slavery.”To access the entire speech, please click here:

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Lincoln Cottage sheds light on human trafficking

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

People are flocking to an eye-opening new exhibit in Washington. It’s called “Can You Walk Away” And it’s aimed at increasing awareness of human trafficking here in the United States.

Angie says on camera, “The guy decides he wants me and so um I got back there and, you know, I just have to just pray to God to just please help me, just please let me get through it you know.”

Angie came from a good family in Wichita, Kansas, but when she ran away with a pair of friends, she ended up under the control of a pimp, turning tricks at an Oklahoma City truck stop. Angie says, “He had grandkids as old as us….and all I could think about the whole time was how my grandpa could be this guy right now and how that would feel and I just wanted to die.”

Angie’s story is part of an exhibit on human trafficking at President Lincoln’s cottage in Washington. Lincoln Cottage director Erin Carlson Mast says, “We really wanted to do this exhibit on modern slavery at President Lincoln’s cottage for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln working on the Emancipation Proclamation right here at this seasonal retreat.”

Source: Today’s THV

Top 10 Facts About The “S” Word

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on February 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm

(via Free the Slaves Vimeo)

Slavery Maps

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on February 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Free the Slaves: Slavery Map

Polaris Project: Slavery Map

Click on your state in the map below to access in-depth local information and resources.

Click on the drop-down menu to view the map according to a specific variable.

For information on pending legislation, click here.

Not for Sale: Slavery Map

Not for Sale’s Slavery Map keeps track of convictions of all forms of human trafficking around the world.

Free2Work is back online!

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on February 15, 2012 at 9:14 am

Click on the picture to visit the site!

Free2Work is BACK ONLINE! And better than ever! Check out now to find information on some of the industry’s biggest brands. Are they keeping their supply chain slave-free? Are they making efforts to eradicate forced labor? Or are they doing nothing? If you ever needed a tool to help make decisions while shopping, this is a great place to start – and they have apps for Androids and iPhones, too!

Where do slaves go after entering the United States?

In Human Trafficking on February 9, 2012 at 11:09 am


In Awareness, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

Not For Sale is sponsoring an innovative new training program in New Delhi, India, which will fully prepare vulnerable people and survivors of modern-day slavery to work with our local enterprise partner Open Hand.

Not For Sale is working with Open Hand to develop an on-the-job training program in order to provide survivors of exploitation with competitive and dignified employment alternatives.

News that Not For Sale is expanding its scope to help fight modern-day slavery in India coincides with its fifth anniversary this week.

In 2012, Not For Sale seeks to sponsor the training of 100 individuals, 30-40% of who are survivors of exploitation or severely at risk to eventually be employed at Open Hand’s manufacturing unit in New Delhi.

Although the number of women working in India is increasingly rapidly, women in low skilled jobs often continue to face discrimination or abuse. The Not For Sale training program at Open Hand will be supporting and engaging women from local shelters and vocational programs that are ready to return to the workforce following rehabilitation.

(Not for Sale)

11 Facts About Human Trafficking

In Human Trafficking on February 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm

11 Facts About Human Trafficking

  1. The average cost of a slave around the world is $90.
  2. Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including:
    • Forcing victims into prostitution
    • Subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude
    • Compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography
    • Misleading victims into debt bondage
  3. According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
  4. It is estimated that there are approximately 27 million slaves around the world.
  5. 68% of female sex trafficking victims meet the clinical criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder.
  6. Around half of trafficking victims in the world are under the age of 18.
  7. More than 2/3 of sex trafficked children suffer additional abuse at the hands of their traffickers.
  8. Trafficked children are significantly more likely to develop mental health problems, abuse substances, engage in prostitution as adults, and either commit or be victimized by violent crimes later in life.
  9. Women who have been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation experience a significantly higher rate of HIV and other STDs, tuberculosis, and permanent damage to their reproductive systems.
  10. There is only one shelter in the U.S. designed specifically to meet the needs of trafficking victims, and it currently only houses a total of seven to nine victims.
  11. Trafficking victims normally don’t get help because they think that they or their families will be hurt by their traffickers, or that they will be deported.

Thou shalt not be a victi…

In Human Trafficking on February 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. And above all, thou shalt never be a bystander.

Yehuda Bauer, Holocaust scholar

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