27 million. That’s the estimate for how many slaves there are in the world today. That’s more than at any other time in history. Many of those slaves are children. Many of those slaves are used for sex, or for war, or to grow our food, the clothes we wear. People have been working to abolish slavery almost since slavery began, but it still persists, and is growing. Organizations such as Free the Slaves and Not For Sale have been working hard to bring awareness to this issue and to abolish slavery around the world.
Here are two films that can help you in bringing awareness to issues o human trafficking:
Fatal Promises is a new film that has just been released. It uses the personal stories of victims and interviews with activists, politicians and others to explore human trafficking and to highlight the challenges in making significant legislative and policy progress. The film focuses primarily on the Ukraine as a "country of origin" for slaves and western Europe and the U.S. as "countries of destination. Some of the survivors interviewed include young women forced into prostitution or to work in agriculture, and boys and men forced to work on fishing boats.
If you haven't already seen it, Call + Response debuted last fall. The film is a “rockumentary” in which activists, educators, celebrities and musicians each take a part in sharing the story of slavery in the 21st century. One thing that’s unique about this documentary is that 100% of the profits will be used to fund projects to help end slavery.
The website offers a variety of ways to get involved, from contacting companies to let them know you want slavefree products, to submitting ideas for ending slavery, to connecting with other abolitionists in your area.
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