“slavery here, slavery there”

This year I got to attend Alliance Against Modern Slavery’s 4th annual conference called  ‘slavery here, slavery there’. As I tried to prepare myself mentally of the information I was to gain, I also wanted to know what I can do with the information given?

I looked forward to hear one of the guest speaker Judie Oron, a journalist and the author of ‘Cry of the Giraffe’ (can’t wait to read the book)

Highlights of Research Findings on Human Trafficking in Ontario by the AAMS Team shared their findings to all the guest

ChhocoSol, Twenty One Toys, music by Jeff Gunn were creative collaboration & information throughout the sessions

At the breakout session the attendees chose one out of three lectures. I choice ‘Global Action & Research’ great insight of what’s going on in our own backyard and in the international borders around the globe

What is ‘modern slavery?’  (taken from anti-slavery.org site)

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) 20.9 million men, women and children around the world are in slavery. In the 21st century people are still sold like objects, forced to work for little or no pay and at the complete mercy of their ’employers’.

There are many different characteristics that distinguish slavery from other human rights violations, however only one needs to be present for slavery to exist. Someone is in slavery if they are:

  • forced to work – through mental or physical threat;
  • owned or controlled by an ’employer’, usually through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse;
  • dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’;
  • physically constrained or has restrictions placed on his/her freedom of movement.

Contemporary slavery takes various forms and affects people of all ages, gender and races.

I believe bringing exposure is our first step, the more we know less ignorance & tolerance we will be to this great issue! Its a fight for human right, a voice to the voiceless, broken, trapped, innocent… no one should be taken advantage of SELAH.


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