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It is not light that we n…

In Human Trafficking on February 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.

Frederick Douglas


The Social Impact of America’s Most Watched Event

In Human Trafficking on February 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm


Super Bowl Sunday.  Those three words are on almost every American’s mind this week.  Whether you’re a die hard fan waiting to see the Giants and the Patriots clash it out, or if you just want an excuse to throw a party and watch the commercials, many of us look forward to this weekend year round.  Amid all the excitement and festivities however, there exists a dark potential threat; a huge upsurge of human trafficking.

Along with the thousands of fans 
that will descend upon Indianapolis this weekend, many traffickers and their victims will likely follow suit.  For pimps and traffickers, this massive influx of predominately male, and soon-to-be inebriated fans, offers a large customer base for their illegal operations.  For the past three Super Bowls, cities, law enforcement, and NGO’s have made efforts to combat any potential spike of human trafficking, and this year’s efforts look to be the largest yet.  Indiana Governor Mitch Davis passed legislation Monday that expands the definition of sex trafficking to any forced, sexual act, and increases its penalties.  The law also calls for added training for hotel workers and taxi drivers on the warning signs of trafficking.

Indianapolis officials aren’t the only ones stepping up their game for the big day; non-profits are also doing their part to fight any surge of Super Bowl sex trafficking.  150 volunteers from Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution, or S.O.A.P. are currently visiting city motels, passing out just that; bars of soap inscribed with a human trafficking hotline for victims to call.  Along with the thousands of bars of soap, the organization is also providing awareness training for workers at motels surrounding the stadium in downtown Indianapolis.

Some have argued that this threat of sex trafficking is sensationalized by the media, and that very little hard evidence exists.  It’s entirely possible that the numbers could be exaggerated, or the threat may be over-hyped by the media to increase viewers/readers.  However, it doesn’t take an expert to see that thousands of men coming to a huge sporting event where alcohol is widely available would be appealing to  pimps and sex traffickers.  At the very least, this possible threat has made the government ramp up its safety efforts and establish new anti-trafficking laws, and awareness among workers has been raised by organizations such as S.O.A.P.

This Sunday, as you celebrate with friends and family, cheer for your favorite team, and rate/be-rate the new crop of million-dollar commercials, keep in mind those who do not have such luxuries.  Keep a watchful eye as you shop for the big Super Bowl party, talk to friends about their thoughts on the relationship between sporting events and human trafficking, and just be aware of the larger social impact of America’s most-watched event.  Enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday and whatever traditions it entails, I’ll be right there with you watching the 46th battle for the Lombardi trophy.

-Joe Famularo

In Human Trafficking on January 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm

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How to help: Slavery in the supply chain

In Human Trafficking on January 22, 2012 at 10:07 am

It’s easy to say that human trafficking is a violation against basic human rights and that it should be abolished. And we often assume that modern-day slavery only takes place in countries far away.But chances are, you have purchased, eaten, or have worn something tainted by slavery sometime in your life. Curious about what some of those connections might be? Calculate what some groups call your “slavery footprint”  or check out Anti-Slavery International’s interactive map  of products, which includes something many of us love: chocolate.Ten years ago, the world’s biggest chocolate companies promised to get rid of child trafficking in the cocoa industry in West Africa, who produces much of the world’s cocoa. But aid groups claim little has been done to end the worst forms of child abuse. (Check out more about the issue)So, how can you prepare yourself as a consumer before you bite into that chocolate bar or sip some hot cocoa? Here are a few ways…

(CNN Freedom Project)
How to help: Slavery in the supply chain

In Human Trafficking on January 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Star Wars: The Old Republic Attacked For ‘Slave And Torture’ Content

In Human Trafficking on January 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm

A controversial debate has sprung up online about a non-player character in the game, whom players are reportedly encouraged to abuse, torture and humiliate.Vette, described as a “slave, treasure hunter and survivor” on the Old Republic website, is a blue-skinned alien who accompanies Sith players in their course through the game.When a player first meets Vette she is fitted with anelectric slave collar that allows her to be shocked into submission, as well as tortured, humiliated and even forced to watch sex acts.

(The Huffington Post)

Of course this isn’t an issue of human trafficking per se, but this video game creates an environment where it is okay (if not encouraged) to take a slave and treat her cruelly.  I don’t necessarily want to get into a debate on whether video games should or shouldn’t be censored, but I do have a huge problem with this specific situation.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Attacked For ‘Slave And Torture’ Content

Google Donates $11.5M to Fight Slavery

In Human Trafficking on December 15, 2011 at 8:49 am

Tech giant Google announced Wednesday it is donating $11.5 million to several coalitions fighting to end the modern-day slavery of some 27 million people around the world.In what is believed to be the largest ever corporate grant devoted to the advocacy, intervention and rescue of people being held, forced to work or provide sex against their will, Google said it chose organizations with proven records in combating slavery.“Many people are surprised to learn there are more people trapped in slavery today than any time in history,” said Jacquelline Fuller, director of charitable giving and advocacy for Google. “The good news is that there are solutions.”

Google Donates $11.5M to Fight Slavery

In Human Trafficking on November 28, 2011 at 11:45 am

Al Jazeera slavery debate in full

In Human Trafficking on November 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm

In Human Trafficking on November 10, 2011 at 8:25 am

The Lincoln Memorial was the site where one of the 20th century’s most defining speeches was delivered – but today, the dreams of 27 million people lay broken as a result of modern-day slavery [GALLO/GETTY]

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