Today February 27th is “Shine the Light on Slavery Day”. If one wishes to draw attention to this today they can draw a ‘red X’ on their hand, or to somehow bring this ‘Hidden Exploitation” into the light and expose it.
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There are millions abused through slavery of one kind or another often some who are sold into slavery by their families, to work in sweat shops, or prostitution or those who are brought to countries like Canada and the United States and many others and who are abused by those trafficking human beings.
I’m not going to quote statistics, but what I am going to do, is give a link to our Government of Canada site where it states what they are doing in the midst of this horrible situation. I wanted to see just where they stood, and while there is a lot of reading, I scanned the information to see some pertinent facts.
They have allocated 6 million dollars and are partnering with some other agencies such as Crime Stoppers to help bring this horrible travesty to the public’s attention, to provide help for those who need to find a safe haven, and to bring to justice those responsible for kidnapping and forcing those into slavery of one kind or another. On this site there is a breakdown of where the money is exactly earmarked for. Is it enough? Most likely we would say no, but at least they are addressing this problem. As far as the U.S. is concerned, I’m sure they have similar programs in place, but you’d have to check to find out. I’ll be happy when I see some of this in the media.
There is a fellow blogger who knows about human trafficking at a personal level and if you’d like to read some of what it feels like to be one of the victims you can read it here. http://stolenchildhood.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/death-is-not-the-only-choice/#more-621
So, what can a person do? What I’m going to do is ask my M.P. what is in the process right now … right now…. of being done. And the next election, you can be sure I’m going to ask them about their knowledge of the situation and what they will do to confront the powers that be in the government to move forward and quickly….
….. because every day we procrastinate is a day more that someone who is ‘enslaved’ had to endure more terror and to feel that no one knows or cares for them.