Frederick Douglass is in the house

Apr 30, 2010 by

Frederick Douglass is in the house

People do not enslave other people to be mean to them.
People enslave other people for a profit.
People are not even a capital purchase item – they are a disposable commodity.
Kevin Bales, President and Co-Founder of Free the Slaves gave a TED talk in which he discusses how we can stop human trafficking if we look directly at the problem and understand how and why it exists everywhere in the world.
Watch this realistic plan for liberating the 27 million currently enslaved human beings.
The cost?  It’s pretty achievable. It’s what Americans spend annually on snack foods.
And the cost includes antidotes that prevent re-enslavement.
Is it worth it?
Can you give up potato chips to help stop human slavery in your own back yard?

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4 Comments

  1. Kelly, Thank you for your comment. You are so very correct. No country is free of this exploitation. Awareness is the first step. We are building a resources page here on The Moments Count Journal and would love your thoughts and additions. What can I do to stop human trafficking?

  2. Excellent comments. I would go so far as to say all forms of violence have generational reverberations. Slavery is about the destruction of human rights, human dignity. Unfortunately, most of the debate on human trafficking focuses on the third world. I think we need to remember that traffickers transport, exploit and sell women and children (primarily) here in North America too. And for the same reasons – profit, power, and perverted pleasure. Kelly

  3. Thank you, Dedan, for this insight. The trauma does not stop with exposure of or cessation of slavery. It continues, as you say, far beyond the boundaries of the events of the trauma and requires deliberate healing to end the cycle of power/advantage/fear that continues to roar through generations, not just in America, but world-wide. What could the world be if we could heal this? Just imagine!

  4. Important expose’ on slavery and its current realities. This is a complex human dynamic that I feel is related to consciousness and our propensity to over ride our humanity while obsessed with and driven by greed. Not only do we need to do every thing we can on a personal level not to support this hideous enterprise it is also essential that we develop healing modalities for those whose lives has been torn asunder by the slave experience as well as recognizing the pathology of the soul that diminishes the humanity of those who enslave other humans. As we know by the so-called American dilemma the after effects can continue to reek havoc for generations.