Monday, October 20, 2008

Snapshot of Human Trafficking 20 October 08

Human trafficking is the modern-day equivqlent of slavery - I wonder if people who have vanished, people like Suzanne Lyall and Karen Wilson may still be alive, enslaved right here in North America?

As unimaginable as it seems, slavery and bondage still persist in the 21st century. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Millions of people around the world are living - and will die - as slaves. The 2008 U.S. State Department “Trafficking in Persons Report,” found approx. 800-thousand people are trafficked across national borders. That does not include the millions trafficked within their own countries. [video]

An exhibition [Images of human trafficking] on human trafficking which attracted more than 65000 visitors in London has now gone on show in York.

Austria becomes int'l human trafficking transit point, destination

Leonardo Sakamoto [pt] links to the online petition demanding the end of slavery in Brazil. “The majority of the employers who adhere to this system are big land owners, who have world class technology and exploit this “disposable people”.

The musical documentary Call + Response is Justin Dillon’s ambitious and masterful artistic counterattack to an all-too-easy-to-overlook enemy who still sells men, women, and children like commodities to the highest bidders. The grainy, undercover film footage taken in Asian brothels is interspersed with the testimony of eloquent activists such as Gary Haugen of the International Justice Mission and actress Ashley Judd, as well as performances by the Cold War Kids and Matisyahu, the Orthodox Jewish reggae artist.

PHILIPPINES: Immigration chief urges govt ‘team effort’ against human trafficking

QUEBEC: Francophonie pressed on human rights - Amnesty International insists group of nations should be stricter with members on the issue. [...more...]

World slave trade to be topic at Westfield State
Angela Keiser and Rachel Burcin will present, “Emptying the Pockets of Forgetfulness,” a UNESCO-related program about the world slave trade, at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Scanlon Banquet Hall at Westfield State College. The event is part of the college’s Guest Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public.

The speakers will lead a discussion of the UNESCO Transatlantic Slave Trade Education Project: Breaking The Silence (TST Project), an innovative global curriculum initiative in Africa, Europe and the Americas aimed at understanding of the magnitude and New World impact of the transatlantic slave trade.

In the late 1980s, American pundits warned of the historical amnesia and illiteracy regarding the suffering of slavery. Lynne Cheney, then chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, issued a pamphlet called American Memory, which began with the declaration: “A refusal to remember . . . is a primary characteristic of our nation.”

The presentation will explore issues regarding social memory, such as: What happens when a society develops too many “pockets of forgetfulness” in recounting its history? What can educational systems do to capture a fuller, more accurate, more inclusive truth of the origins of its national community and its unacknowledged contributors?

The event takes a closer look at how the TST Project underscores the importance of local history in creating, as well as challenging, how national and global histories are retold.

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