Human Trafficking Awareness day is today. A day when we as a nation stand in solidarity with the 2 million people sold into slavery each year. With the 27 million people enslaved in the world today. A day when our national conscience is once again offended by such a great evil. A day when we say no more!
This past year has seen an unprecedented reaction against the demonic plague of trafficking. I would like to take a few moments to encourage you with how far we've come, to show you what we can accomplish with first world resources and the resolve to never tolerate this madness on our watch. These stories and links are in no order of importance. Nor are these the most important stories of the year. Every single act of anti-slavery is ever important, every voice of every abolitionist is ever powerful to bring about change. No one should ever feel that their accomplishments are less than anothers, it WILL take us all to win this fight.
|Sex trafficking victim Dai gives a fellow resident a tearful hug goodbye as she graduates from her year-long stay with the Transitions Global victim aftercare program. Dai is returning home to her family.|
Click on the bold headers for links to the entire story!
CNN Freedom Project: One year of anti-trafficking features by one of the largest News channels in the world. From their site "This year CNN will join the fight to end modern-day slavery and shine a spotlight on the horrors of modern-day slavery, amplify the voices of the victims, highlight success stories and help unravel the complicated tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life. A PROBLEM THAT CAN'T BE IGNORED!"
Nefarious: Merchant Of Souls: A big budget, big production documentary about sex-trafficking. From their website: "Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery. From the very first scene, Nefarious ushers you into the nightmare of sex slavery that hundreds of thousands experience daily. You’ll see where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), where they work and are confined. You’ll hear first-hand interviews with real victims and traffickers, along with expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders. From initial recruitment to victim liberation––and everything between––the previously veiled underworld of sex slavery is uncovered in the groundbreaking, tell-all Nefarious: Merchant of Souls." Trailer below.
Google donates 11.5 million dollars to combat Human Trafficking: PCmag.com reports about the search engine mega-brand's donation: "The money will go toward the creation of a coalition between various advocacy groups, led by International Justice Mission (IJM), a group that works around the world to rescue people from forced labor and sexual exploitation. IJM will partner with other groups like Polaris Project, Slavery Footprint, and others for a multi-year project, beginning in 2012. Funds will be used to improve the infrastructure and resources that enforce anti-slavery legislation overseas, promote awareness of the problem domestically, and help push for laws against it in other countries."
42,000 college kids unite to end sex-trafficking: a Christian Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center has drawn 42,000 students from all 50 states and 30 countries.
|The 42k college kids at Passion 2012|
In lines that snaked down the hallways of the Georgia World Congress Center, students waited their turn to give their own money that will go toward organizations working to prevent, rescue and restore those who've suffered. The goal was a million dollars. By 3:30 Wednesday afternoon the goal had already been reached with thousands still in line to give. Total donations reached the 3 million dollar mark!!!
New California anti-trafficking law: From the Law.com story: "The new California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, effective as of Jan. 1, applies to any company with $100 million in worldwide sales and some connection to California — which could be a statewide chain of stores or a single processing and distribution plant. The law commands businesses to make full disclosure about their supply chains and whether they regularly check them for possible slavery or trafficking conditions — and if so, what they do about it."
How California and the rest of the US states are performing based on Shared Hope International's report card.
Thank you for taking a moment to look back on 2011 with us, at what we've accomplished as a nation. And thank you for joining the fight to end this evil in our lifetime. From all of us at Conspiracy Of Hope, thank you for caring about justice, thank you for being a voice for the voiceless victims of human trafficking. Thank you.