International Justice Mission, a human rights agency fighting for victims of slavery, has launched a petition encouraging Americans to sign their names in an effort to get President Barack Obama to help end modern-day slavery, which affects millions of men, women and children globally.
The "Stand for Freedom" campaign has acquired 7,641of the 27,000 necessary signatures – with one name said to represent 1,000 people who need freedom. According to the petition, there are 27 million people worldwide who are enslaved today.
IJM outlines five points that will help the U.S. government become a leader in the fight for this basic human right. "Americans want to end slavery once and for all," the petition reads. "The U.S. government can play a powerful role in fighting this crime by supporting robust law enforcement and victim relief at home and abroad." more >>
For the average 12- to 14-year-old American girl, adolescence is a time of growing and learning – a carefree existence – however, for thousands of others, it marks their entry into a living hell of pornography and prostitution.
“Modern-day slaves,” as victims of human trafficking are called, are often forced into domestic servitude, farming labor, factory work or the commercial sex industry. Jan. 11, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, is dedicated to spreading knowledge about this growing problem in the U.S.
Nearly 293,000 of America’s youth risk becoming victims of the sex trade, the U.S. Department of Justice reported. Research also shows that many of the sexually exploited were runaway or “thrown away” teens who saw prostitution as their only opportunity to survive the streets. However, ministries across the country are working to show these “lost” young adults that “love with no attachments” does exist. more >>
More than 40,000 university students inside the Georgia Dome stadium in Atlanta are trying to make an impact against human slavery, and after being nearly half way through the four-day Passion 2012 conference it’s hard to downplay the energized event.
Still, Passion founder Louie Giglio wanted those watching the event, which began Monday and ends Thursday, not to focus on the names of the top of the line Christian speakers, including Francis Chan, John Piper, and Beth Moore. Despite the conference opening to a set of worship songs that included dramatic stage lighting and pounding drums, Giglio insisted those in attendance were not at an “event.”
While clearly the worship music led by Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Matt Redman, Charlie Hall, Christy Nockels, and Kristian Stanfill is a highlight of the huge gathering, Giglio said there was one name even bigger. more >>
Internet search and software giant Google Inc. said Wednesday that the company will combat modern-day slavery and human trafficking by offering $11.5 million in grants to 10 organizations.
The grant money is part of $115 million offered to nonprofit and academic organizations in 2011, the company announced.
Google chose to highlight the issue of slavery because its employees felt the topic of freedom and human rights is one of the most important issues of our time, according to the company’s director of charitable giving, Jacquelline Fuller. more >>
College students belonging to InterVarsity Chrisitan Fellowship USA at two universities led a live webcast campaign Tuesday that resulted in more than 2,400 people calling Congress members to voice their support of victim protection laws against child slavery.
Volunteer students encouraged other students during the webcast to call and push politicians to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which expires at the end of this month. Bills to reauthorize it are currently before the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The students at Ohio State and George Washington universities went “on air” for seven hours to help walk people through the process of calling a Congress member, something organizers said can be intimidating for a young person. more >>
As a quickly developing nation, much of Indian society is caught between the trap of traditionalism and modernization.
A special report will be aired over the weekend on how Indian charities are working to stop the tradition of sex trade in their country.
The two-part segment, which will air on CNN Saturday and Sunday, is called “Trapped by Tradition,” and will be narrated by “Slumdog Millionaire” star Anil Kapoor. more >>