300x250_ad_banner_v1The End It campaign wants everyone to know that there are 27 million men, women and children living in the shadows. In brothels. In factories. In quarries. Working as slaves. In countries throughout the world, including the U.S.

Their two-month awakening campaign has raised more than $175,000 to benefit anti-slavery groups, including Free the Slaves.

The project concludes tomorrow, April 9th with “Shine a Light on Slavery Day.” It’s a great opportunity to tell someone you know something that they might not know: slavery still exists.

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India 2Trickery cuts a wide swath in India’s impoverished communities. People often leave home in search of work, and many find themselves being trafficked instead.

FTS frontline partner MSEMVS aims to change that. And young people are at the heart of the strategy. The goal of the Trafficking Prevention Plan is to stop migration from becoming a road to slavery.

To do that, MSEMVS targets schools in some of India’s most vulnerable villages. Using case studies, posters and pamphlets, they teach students about the risks of migration and the realities of human trafficking.

With millions of people on the move worldwide, it’s easy for traffickers to pose as legitimate labor recruiters. Students are now being taught the warning signs so they won’t fall victim when they grow up.

India 5The events are organized as mass meetings, with 250 to 300 students per site. To make the lesson stick, the approach is interactive. It’s not a lecture. Students discuss ways that they can become agents of change in their own communities.

Organizers provide a telephone hotline number and leave a “Report Box” at schools for anonymous tip-offs about suspicious activities that might be related to trafficking.

It’s working. At one location, students provided more than 30 tips for community organizers to investigate.

This educational initiative is one reason that more and more people are escaping slavery at farms, brick kilns, brothels and factories. MSEMVS reports that in 2012 they helped nearly 800 people move from slavery to freedom.

Learn more about our India program on the FTS website.

Slavery in This Week’s News

We see slavery and trafficking stories throughout the world each week. It’s great news that journalists and bloggers are exposing the problem of slavery, and examining solutions to it. Awareness creates momentum for change. Here are 10 top stories that caught our eye:

1. The Journal of Commerce. “EU Seeks Supply Chain Input on ‘Conflict Minerals’.” http://www.joc.com/international-logistics/global-sourcing/eu-seeks-supply-chain-input-%E2%80%98conflict-minerals%E2%80%99_20130327.html

2. Huffington Post. “More Coordination Needed to Combat Human Trafficking.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jane-mosbacher/post_4536_b_2965776.html

3. Ghana Web. “Guide Princess Ocansey busted for human trafficking.” http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/crime/artikel.php?ID=269041

4. USA Today. “Human trafficking hotline accepts text messages.” http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/28/human-trafficking-hotline-now-accepts-text-messages/2026249/

5. Times of India. “HC for central probe into trafficking case.” http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/HC-for-central-probe-into-trafficking-case/articleshow/19249855.cms

6. Global Post. “Congo’s subsistence miners dig for their livelihoods.” http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/congo-artisanal-miners-dig-livelihoods

7. Vision.org. “Down to Slavery.” http://www.vision.org/visionmedia/article.aspx?id=2172

8. My Republica. “Children trafficked to India for labor on rise.” http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=52162

9. UN News Center. “Honouring over 15 million victims of slave trade, UN calls for end to remnants of slavery.” http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=44488&Cr=slave&Cr1=#.UVGyT1uDQXw

10. WSPA. “Child tells US court in Detroit he was slave labor.” http://www.wspa.com/story/21786771/african-sentenced-to-11-years-in-child-labor-case

120x90It’s a three-peat! America’s premiere charity evaluation organization has given its highest designation to Free the Slaves for the third straight year.

The four-star rating indicates that Free the Slaves “adheres to good governance and other best practices,” says Charity Navigator President and CEO Ken Berger, “and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.”

Only 10 percent of organizations rated by Charity Navigator receive the “exceptional” score for three consecutive years. This indicates that Free the Slaves “outperforms most other charities in America,” Berger says. It demonstrates to the public that Free the Slaves “is worthy of their trust,” Berger says.

Free the Slaves earned this rating because of our efficient spending practices. We spend 85 percent of every dollar on programs and services. You can review our complete financial disclosure forms on our website donation page.

Slavery in This Week’s News

We see slavery and trafficking stories throughout the world each week. It’s great news that journalists and bloggers are exposing the problem of slavery, and examining solutions to it. Awareness creates momentum for change. Here are 10 top stories that caught our eye:

1. The New York Times. “Bill on Crime Against Women Passes in India.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/world/asia/india-bill-toughens-penalties-for-attacks-on-women.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0

2. The Washington Times. “Child Sex Trafficking: Vote for Courtney’s House to win $50K award!” http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/speaking-out/2013/mar/22/child-sex-trafficking-vote-courtneys-house-win-50k/#ixzz2OHB4hLtu

3. CNN Freedom Project. “Toddlers freed from brick kiln bondage.” http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/20/toddlers-freed-from-brick-kiln-bondage/

4. Thomas Net. “Conflict Minerals Showdown Heats Up.” http://news.thomasnet.com/IMT/2013/03/19/conflict-minerals-showdown-heats-up/

5. Supply Management. “Companies must check supply chains for ‘modern-day slavery’.” http://www.supplymanagement.com/news/2013/companies-must-check-supply-chains-for-modern-day-slavery/

6. Vancouver Sun. “Temporary workers deemed modern serfs.” http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Wednesday+March+Temporary+workers+deemed+modern+serfs/8122472/story.html

7. Ghana News Daily. “Former Ghanaian child slave nominated for World Children Prize.” http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/former-ghanaian-child-slave-nominated-for-world-children-prize–57725

8. TriplePundit. “Hershey’s Still Lagging On Child Labor.” http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/03/child-labor-chocolate/

9. UNICEF. “In Pakistan, addressing the root causes of child labour.” http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/pakistan_68289.html

10. Reuters. “U.S. working out what to do with Congo ICC suspect.” http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/19/us-rwanda-warcrimes-idUSBRE92I0K620130319