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[11 Jun 2010 | One Comment | ]
Human Trafficking and the World Cup

When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup, there was much rejoicing and reflection on how far the country had come. From the days of apartheid where human beings were not treated as fully human, the country has worked hard at reconciliation. The world used to forbid South Africa from even participating in global sporting events like the Olympics because of apartheid, so certainly, hosting an event like this was a great symbolic act for the country. No one is naïve enough to assume that …

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[17 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
Sex Slavery and the Olympics

from the Vancouver Observer by Kathie Wallace -
The Salvation Army has launched “The Truth isn’t Sexy” campaign to raise public awareness about human trafficking in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
As Trisha Baptie, a former sex-trade worker said, “It’s human slavery. There are women in brothels in Vancouver right now, and more will come before the Games.”
The Salvation Army defines human trafficking as “…illegal movement of people for the purpose of exploitation in the form of commercial sex, domestic service, manual labour, and sales of organs.” The Salvation Army’s focus …

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[11 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]
Human Trafficking Awareness Day

from the Huffington Post -
“A resolution passed by the US Senate in 2007 marked January 11 as a day of awareness for the countless victims of human trafficking across the globe. And it does occur everywhere across the globe. Certain countries have created huge demand. And like most marketplaces, where there is demand, supply follows.
We could talk about which nations are source, transit and destination countries. We could state how some countries have become so infamous for trafficking that they are now known as both supply and destination countries. We …

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[8 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]

Pastor Sarah Buteux wrote this children’s sermon as a means of introducing children to the need to support slave-free chocolate. I think it’s a fantastic resource for helping teach justice and love to children.
Children’s Sermon: Giving Away Your Money to the Poor
Props: Two bowls of chocolate on a table, one full of fair trade chocolate, one full of regular chocolate, both covered with a cloth. I picked up small $.25 candy bars and a bag of gold coins at Ten Thousand villages, but you can go on-line to www.serrv.org …

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[7 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]
Reverse Trick-or-Treating for Fair Trade

Tens of Thousands of Schoolchildren Nationwide Will Protest Poverty and Child Labor-Tainted Cocoa during Third Annual Reverse Trick-or-Treating this Halloween
Kids across all 50 US States and Canada will urge nearly a quarter million households to shift purchasing to Fair Trade certified chocolate, coffee, etc by handing Fair Trade chocolate to adults.
A pleasant surprise will greet nearly a quarter million people distributing candy at their door, when youth reverse the Halloween tradition to hand adults a sample of vegan-friendly, Fair Trade dark chocolate.
The chocolate will be accompanied by a card informing …

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[5 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]
How to Have a Green Halloween

So I find myself wondering what to do about Halloween this year. No, not the typical Christian “should I celebrate it or not?” dilemma (more on this on a couple of weeks), but more of a quandary as to what sort of candy to hand out. Unless you are an evil grinch (or a fundamentalist Christian) you give out candy at Halloween. It’s the one night of the year when you are guaranteed to actually meet your neighbors as people get pulled out of the safety of …

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[31 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]
Rescuing the Other Jaycees

I, along with the rest of the nation have watched in horror this past week as the details of the Jaycee Dugard captivity emerge. Very little angers me as much as hearing about the sexual assault of children. While I generally favor justice that restores criminals, cases like this almost make me want to support the death penalty or at least slow, painful castration for rapists. I can hardly imagine the damage done to Jaycee and the years of healing she and her family now face.
That said, …

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[26 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Slave-free Bibles

from End Human Trafficking -
In 2007, a case of crucifixes purchased by St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York was traced back to a factory in China where girls as young as 15 were forced to work up to 19-hour days, seven days a week. Today, Christian items from bible covers to t-shirts are being made in factorys which abuse and traffic workers. And some Christians are standing up and refusing to stand for slavery.
The Just Holy Hardware Campaign has launched this week as part of a movement to …

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[3 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]
Fight Slavery at the Grocery Store

The End Human Trafficking site has a great post up on 7 Ways to Fight Slavery at the Grocery Store. It lists seven common foods that are tainted by human slavery and suggests shopping habits to avoid supporting those practices of slavery. While the slave connection to foods like chocolate is fairly well known, it may be a surprise to read how slavery taints even our seafood and strawberries. So check out the post and find out how you can avoid supporting systems of slavery when you …

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[7 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]
Obama in Ghana

Emily George has a great post up at her blog asking what Obama will see on his upcoming trip to Ghana. She writes –
In just a few short days President Obama will be arriving in Ghana to mark his first presidential trip to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is widely known that Mr. Obama has insisted on visiting the slave castles that line the Cape Coast to witness remnants of the horrors from when thousands of African slaves were being sold to Europe and the Americas.

My hope is that …