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HUMAN TROUBLES

Human Struggles


HELP SAVE A CHILD

OPERATION UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Since being founded in December 2013

we've gathered the world's experts in extraction operations and in anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery. O.U.R.'s Underground Jump Team consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts.

Once victims are rescued, a comprehensive process involving justice for the perpetrators and recovery and rehabilitation for the survivors begins. While the United States government is leading the world in such operations, bureaucracy and jurisdictional limitations can largely hinder it. Many of these suffering children fall outside U.S. jurisdiction and often find themselves exploited and abused in regions where the resources to save them are scarce.

It is time for private citizens and organizations to rise up and help. It is our duty as a free and blessed people.

 

http://ourrescue.org/about

http://ourrescue.org/join-the-fight

 

"None of Us Have the Choice of Who We Are", Victorcruez

from his song, "Who Are We"- "Who are we to act so unkind, who are we to steal from the blind....................."

THIS FOR OUR CHILDREN OR THIS?


 

What most people do not know is that slavery still exists. It is not a thing of the past.  His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, GCVO (a cousin of the Queen), has remarked:

“Many people would assume that at the end of the 20th century the Anti-Slavery Society would be a mere footnote in the history books”.

We all know the story of how William Wilberforce (1759-1833) would frequently introduce a private member’s Bill to abolish slavery throughout the British Empire.  Each time it was defeated until, finally, in 1833, as he lay on his deathbed, word was brought to him that the House of Commons had finally given a third reading to a Bill abolishing slavery throughout the British Empire.  We also know that the 13th Amendment to the US Bill of Rights following the Civil War (1861-1865) resulted in the abolition of slavery throughout the USA.

Although there is no longer any state which recognizes, or which will enforce, a claim by a person to a right of property over another, the abolition of slavery does not mean that it ceased to exist.  There are millions of people throughout the world — mainly children — in conditions of slavery, as well as in various forms of servitude which are in many respects similar to slavery.

The Society's Secretary-General, while undertaking overseas Missions on behalf of the Society, met and interviewed numerous slaves and bonded laborers, many of them young children, in Africa and Asia.  You can read summaries of his reports from those Missions on various pages on this site.

The Society's Secretary-General found that child slavery — one of the worst aspects of modern slavery — still exists today and is increasing. As His Royal Highness observed, “[c]ontrary to popular belief, slavery, as defined by the United Nations, is a growing problem.” 

http://www.anti-slaverysociety.addr.com/slavery.htm

Invisible: Slavery Today

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center presents the world's first museum-quality, permanent exhibition on the subjects of modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

The exhibition is entitled Invisible: Slavery Today. It occupies some 4,000 square feet in the Freedom Center's east pavilion on the third floor, and was made possible by generous underwriting gifts from the Skirball Foundation and Lois and Richard Rosenthal.

What can visitors expect to see? The overall design and "feel" of Invisible is that of a dingy warehouse in an unfamiliar city, filled with wood, metal and plastic containers -- shipping cartons for human beings. Through a variety of techinques and media, including videos, sounds and touch-screen prsentations, Invisible offers a comprehensive examination of slavery in the modern world through the life experiences of five individuals who were caught up in one of the five most common forms of exploitation: forced labor, bonded indenture, child slavery, sex trafficking and domestic servitude. The exhibition explores the causes of slavery, the economic forces that have contributed to its growth, and the response of government, the justice system and the general public to this scourge.

But Invisible is not just a grim walk through degradation and mistreatment. A major concluding section is devoted to antislavery activities underway around the world, especially by the Freedom Center's partners in the exhibition: Free the Slaves, Goodweave, International Justice Mission and Polaris Project. Visitors are also asked to make a personal commitment to be 21st Century Abolitionists in the cause of freedom.

If you are considering a visit to Cincinnati and the Freedom Center, put Invisible: Slavery Today on your "must-see" list. Early reviews are overwhelmingly positive, with most people saying it is unlike anything they've ever seen.

The Freedom Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Access to Invisible is included in the admission.

http://www.freedomcenter.org/slavery-today/

On Sunday, UNESCO will mark the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. Despite measures to abolish slavery worldwide, human trafficking and forced labour remain very evident across the globe. Poor people, who come to foreign countries in search of a better life, are the most vulnerable. Christina from Myanmar is one of the many who have been subjected to human rights violations.

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The history of human rights is the history of
human struggles. Yes, people are born with an
entitlement to certain basic rights. But neither
the realization nor the enjoyment of these rights
is automatic.
History tells us how people have had to
fight for the rights due them. The cornerstone
in this struggle has always been political
activism and people’s movements—national
liberation movements, peasants movements,
women’s movements, movements for the rights
of indigenous people. Often, the burning desire
of people to be free and to enjoy their rights
started the struggle.

http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/hdr_2000_ch2.pdf

We may have made slavery illegal in the United States, but it still exists here today, and indications are that the industry is growing and thriving.

 

 


In developing countries today,

compared with 1970:

• A newborn can expect to live 10 years

longer.

• The infant mortality rate has been cut by

more than two-fifths.

• Adult illiteracy is down by nearly half, and

combined net primary and secondary enrolment

has increased by nearly 50%.

• The share of rural people with safe water

has risen more than fourfold, from 13% to

about 71%.

Worldwide, 46 countries accounting for

more than 1 billion people have achieved high

human development. Every region of the world

has made progress in human development—

but the level and the pace of advance have not

been uniform. Sub-Saharan Africa’s infant

mortality rate of 106 per 1,000 live births is

more than three times Latin America and the

Caribbean’s of 32. And South-East Asia’s adult

literacy rate of more than 83% is way ahead of

South Asia’s rate of 54%.

http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/hdr_2000_ch2.pdf


 "Human rights education is much more than a lesson in schools or a theme for a day; it is a process to equip people with the tools they need to live lives of security and dignity. On this International Human Rights Day, let us continue to work together to develop and nurture in future generations a culture of human rights, to promote freedom, security and peace in all nations."
-- Kofi Annan

Silence never won rights.  They are not handed down from above; they are forced by pressures from below. 
-- Roger Nash Baldwin

So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy.
-- Roger Nash Baldwin

"Those who today still feel a sense of impotence can do something: they can support Amnesty International. They can help it to stand up for freedom and justice."
-- Peter Benenson

"Torture is banned but in two-thirds of the world's countries it is still being committed in secret. Too many governments still allow wrongful imprisonment, murder or "disappearance" to be carried out by their officials with impunity."
-- Peter Benenson

"It's the publicity function of Amnesty that I think has made its name so widely known, not only to readers in the world, but to governments - and that's what matters."
-- Peter Benenson

"Open your newspaper - any day of the week - and you will find a report from somewhere in the world of someone being imprisoned, tortured or executed because his opinions or religion are unacceptable to his government."
-- Peter Benenson

"The candle burns not for us, but for all those whom we failed to rescue from prison, who were shot on the way to prison, who were tortured, who were kidnapped, who "disappeared". That's what the candle is for."
-- Peter Benenson

"Once the concentration camps and the hell-holes of the world were in darkness. Now they are lit by the light of the Amnesty candle; the candle in barbed wire. When I first lit the Amnesty candle, I had in mind the old Chinese proverb: 'Better light a candle than curse the darkness.'"
-- Peter Benenson

 



HUMAN TRAFFICING-

  1. 1. Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90.
  2. 2. Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including: forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude and compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography.
  3. 3. According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
  4. 4. There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.
  5. 5. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70% are female and half are children.
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Human Trafficking

  1. Approximately 75-80% of human trafficking is for sex.a
  2. Researchers note that sex trafficking plays a major role in the spread of HIV.b
  3. There are more human slaves in the world today than ever before in history.l
  4. There are an estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children around the world who are victims of human trafficking.l
  5. Human trafficking not only involves sex and labor, but people are also trafficked for organ harvesting.k
  6. Human traffickers often use a Sudanese phrase “use a slave to catch slaves,” meaning traffickers send “broken-in girls” to recruit younger girls into the sex trade. Sex traffickers often train girls themselves, raping them and teaching them sex acts.l
  7. Eighty percent of North Koreans who escape into China are women. Nine out of 10 of those women become victims of human trafficking, often for sex. If the women complain, they are deported back to North Korea, where they are thrown into gulags or are executed.h
  8. Approximately 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year
  9. An estimated 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect. Eighty percent of those sold into sexual slavery are under 24, and some are as young as six years old.j
  10. Ludwig “Tarzan” Fainberg, a convicted trafficker, said, “You can buy a woman for $10,000 and make your money back in a week if she is pretty and young. Then everything else is profit.”l
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When ?

 

Will the time ever come

to think of each ones’ feelings?

Let sorrow go, throw power aside,

give reason to injustice,

fairness to fight,

honor to ourselves,

acknowledging truth.

 

Will the time ever come,

to stop reckless, foolish fighting,

know thoughtless words spoken will soon ring foul?

Broaden awareness; truth opens doors.

Learning each side, will level the control, rein in despair.

Will that  time ever come,

when life moves to the fore in peace?

Susan Johnston Owen

11/2009©

THINGS SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS



Note to God lyrics Charice
If I wrote a note to God
I would speak whats in my soul
I'd ask for all the hate to be swept away,
For love to overflow
If I wrote a note to God
I'd pour my heart out on each page
I'd ask for war to end
For peace to mend this world
I'd say, I'd say, I'd say

Give us the strength to make it through
Help us find love cause love is over due
And it looks like we haven't got a clue
Need some help from you
Grant us the faith to carry on
Give us hope when it seems all hope is gone
Cause it seems like so much is goin wrong
On this road we're on

If I wrote a note to God
I would say what on my mind
I'd ask for wisdom to let compassion rule this world
Until these times
If I wrote a note to God
I'd say please help us find our way
End all the bitterness, put some tenderness in our hearts
And I'd say, I'd say, I'd say

Give us the strength to make it through
Help us find love cause love is over due
And it looks like we haven't got a clue
Need some help from you
Grant us the faith to carry on
Give us hope when it seems all hope is gone
Cause it seems like so much is goin wrong
On this road we're on

No, no no no
We can't do this on our own
So

Give us the strength to make it through
Help us find love cause love is over due
And it looks like we haven't got a clue
Need some help from you
Grant us the faith to carry on
Give us hope when it seems all hope is gone
Cause it seems like so much is goin wrong
On this road we're on

If I wrote a note to God

 






The Internet and Human Rights

Author and Page information

  • by Anup Shah
  • This Page Last Updated Sunday, May 19, 2002

The Internet is the new medium for communications. It has been ideal to learn more information and get connected to others with similar interests. It has allowed more participation in social issues and even helped see the temporary derailing of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, as well as promoting a number of large campaigns on a number of global, social issues.

However, while it may be easier to disseminate and receive diverse information, it is also subject to censorship itself, often by countries with political objectives in mind.

Another particular area of controversy is racial prejudice and free speech -- the argument for one to say what they want on the grounds of free speech compared to the ability to legislate against works that incite racial or ethnic hatred.

For more information on this issue you can start off at the following:

  • Human Rights Watch has a great section regarding Free Expression on the Internet with various reports on censorship, human rights and the internet, cryptography and so on. It is definitely worth checking out.
  • Index on Censorship has a list of additional web sites following this issue.
  • The Global Internet Liberty Campaign also brings together a number of these issues.
  • Digital Opportunity also raises issues related to the empowering of people and communities using information technology. Many issues related to rights, such as the right to information, the issue of access, the "digital divide" etc are looked at.