This week, do not forget to reflect on how, in our own quests to feel more human, more alive, we dehumanize and objectify others. Before hard work and healing can begin, we must recognize our own complicity in the problem.
Below are resources to help build our awareness of an appallingly large, global issue. See what others are already doing, and what remains to be done. Practice breathing reality and hope in the same breath.
International Justice Mission
Tiny Hands International
Not For Sale
United Nations – Agency Project on Human Trafficking
CNN Freedom Project
Free the Slaves: An American anti-slavery organization
Buddies Along the Roadside
MTV’s EXIT Campaign (End Exploitation and Trafficking
Shared Hope International
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
Night Light Designs
The Global Fund for Women
Campaign against Bonded Labor
Department of Justice – Fight Trafficking in PersonsRadiant Cosmetics
Soujourner’s March 2007 article: CRY FREEDOM
Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves by Kevin Bales (2007). University of California Press.
The Slave Ship: A Human History by Marcus Rediker (2007). Viking Press.
Data and Research on Human Trafficking: A Global Survey edited by Frank Laczko and Elzbieta Gozdziak (2005). International Organization for Migration, Geneva, Switzerland.
The War on Human Trafficking: U.S. Policy Assessed by Anthony M. DeStefano (2007). Rutgers University Press.
Sex Trafficking: The Global Market in Women and Children by Kathryn Farr (2005). Worth Publishers.
Woman, Child for Sale: The New Slave Trade in the 21st Century by Gilbert King (2004). Chamberlain Bros.
Disposable People by Kevin Bales (1999). University of California Press. International Child Sex Tourism: Scope of the Problem and Comparative Case Studiesby the Protection Project (2007). John Hopkins University.
Gender, Trafficking and Slavery by Rachel Masika (ed.) (2002). Oxfam.
Understanding Global Slavery: A Reader (2005). University of California Press.
The Ongoing Tragedy of International Slavery and Human Trafficking: An Overview (2004). Hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness of the Committee on Governmental Reform. Government Printing Office.
Children of the Sun: An Ethnographic Study of the Street Children of Latin America by Jerry Hollingsworth (2008). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery by E. Benjamin Skinner (2008). Free Press.
Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the Global Economyby John Bowe (2007). Random House.
Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery edited by Jesse Sage and Liora Kasten (2008). Palgrave Macmillan.
To Plead Our Own Case: Personal Stories by Today’s Slaves (2008). By Kevin Bales & Zoe Trodd. Cornell University Press.
Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves (2007). By Kevin Bales. University of California Press.
Born into Brothels Documentary
Not for Sale Documentary
Dreams Die Hard [a documentary available through Free the Slaves]
Amazing Grace ( MTV EXIT Documentaries)
Half the Sky
Sisters and Daughters Betrayed: The Trafficking of Women and Girls and the Fight to End It [documentary by the Global Fund for Women]
Silent Revolution: Sankalp and the Quarry Slaves [documentary by Free the Slaves]
Hell on Earth: Slavery Today [documentary by Anti-Slavery International]
Trade[major motion picture]
Human Trafficking [a Lifetime Channel miniseries]
Slavery: A Global Investigation [documentary from Free the Slaves]
Child trafficking USA
“Using your gifts to end slavery”
Tiny Hands Video
The day my God died