Causecast is the social network for social good.
“People want to do good, want to be inspired, and want to inspire others to join them in giving back,” the site says. “Causecast makes this easy by providing users with means to connect with people, leaders, charities, nonprofit organizations, and brands that inspire them.”
In How To Helo Human Trafficking, the Causecast blog gives the following suggestions:
Step One: Educate Yourself
Human trafficking takes on many different forms, sometimes using new methods to disguise itself. The best way to begin to fight against human trafficking is to educate yourself about the problem’s complexities. You can’t fix a problem if you don’t understand it and you can’t spread the word if you can’t explain it.
Step Two: Spread the Word
While it’s really important to understand about all the different types of human trafficking, it’s easier to make a tangible difference when you focus on one specific aspect of the problem at a time.
Step Three: Dollah Dollah Bills, Ya’ll
Of course, money is always an integral part of campaigning for any cause, and human trafficking is no exception.
Step Four: Time to Act
Giving money is great, but it’s only a part of the solution. Check out the Polaris Project Action Center for some hands-on ways you can help. For example, Polaris is pushing Congress to allocate federal funding for human trafficking victims. Call your senators and representatives to let them know how you feel about this issue.
Step Five: Keep It Up!
Remember, technology is your friend. Even the most dedicated of us can’t always keep up with our causes 24/7. So sometimes, it’s a good idea to bring the cause to you.
In a podcast at Georgetown Law by Nguyen Dinh Thang, the executive director of Boat People SOS discusses the global problem of human trafficking and address the latest developments in the fight against human trafficking in Vietnam and elsewhere.
You can hear it here (Quicktime).
From Cinderella Released:
[Dr. Kevin Bales] described slavery as a human being that is being controlled by violence or threat, working without payment, and being economically exploited. A slave can’t walk away from his/her life without making the choice he would rather starve than be a slave. Slavery only exists because of human greed. He explained why the supply and demand of slaves and human trafficking had risen so dramatically over the past 50 years. He explained, “It is due to wars, conflicts, globalization, global warming, but particularly, kleptocracies.” These are governments that extends the personal wealth and political power of government officials and the ruling class (collectively, kleptocrats) at the expense of the population.
“I promise I’m not trying to make everyone feel guilty about everything they buy, but i think it’s important to know the origins of the products we consume,” a blogger by the name of Constance writes apologetically in her blog after receiving an e-mail from Not for Sale.
The e-mail read, in part:
Did you know…. 70% of the world’s chocolate is produced in West Africa, where an estimated 12,000 children are currently in slavery. That’s right, over two-thirds of all of the chocolate we consume every day. Without a screening process that ensures child and/or forced labor was not used, we have no guarantee that the chocolate we buy is not promoting modern slavery. So, what can you do?
With Valentine’s day around the corner, this is a good opportunity to discuss options:
Equal Exchange offers tea, coffee, chocolate and other snacks.
Theo offers chocolate, confections, coffee–with vegan options.
For the hardcore dark chocolate lovers, TCHO offers a variety of Valentine-focused gifts and samplers of their painstakingly made fair-trade chocolate.
Last but not least, Made by Survivors is a store run by The Emancipation Network that sells products made by survivors of slavery, the proceeds of which go to helping the organization continue to free those who still live in slavery.
Happy Valentine’s Day. Buy Fair.
The blog The Human Trafficking Project is showcasing The Emancipation Network (TEN), an international organization that fights slavery with empowerment. By giving them economic alternatives, they seek to “slavery-proof” survivors and high risk communities. They also work with Made By Survivors products to help build the abolition movement in the US. Read more about them here, also includes YouTube videos of TEN at work.
Some 1,200 fans of all ages, mostly Cambodian, gathered at the Angkor Wat temple to watch several local and international bands organized by MTV Exit to raise awareness about human trafficking.
“We believe that the concert taking place in this historical tourist location will… send a strong message to the world that Cambodia is not a child sex tourism destination,” the minister told the audience.
Cambodia has struggled to shed its reputation as soft on human trafficking and earlier this year suspended marriages between foreigners and Cambodians amid concerns they were being used to traffic poor, uneducated women.
The concert was part of a series of music shows in Cambodia organized by MTV Exit with funding from the US Agency for International Development to raise awareness in young people about human trafficking in the region.
“Let’s not forget why we are here — millions of people are currently living in slavery as a result of being trafficked. This is a grotesque human rights abuse and we must all act to stop it,” MTV Exit campaign director Simon Goff told the crowd.
The last international recording artist to perform at Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was tenor Jose Carreras who sang for a charity gala dinner there in 2002.
“I cannot believe that in a supposedly civilized world this kind of heinous form of modern slavery still exists, and I truly believe that we can all do something to stop this,” Placebo frontman Brian Molko told AFP. “It all starts with caring and compassion.”
Professors at the University of San Francisco are working on a map to pin-point places were human trafficking is being investigated worldwide. Developed by USF’s professor David Batsone, the map, which can be viewed at SlaveryMap.org, encourages students to become investigators.
Batsone and professor Mike Duffy teach a social justice class at USF in which students research issues like human trafficking. Their information on the cases already investigated will be entered onto SlaveryMap.org.
Read or watch the story at ABC.