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22 December 2008 @ 12:36 am
Hi, I'm new to this community! I'm a college student from New York. I currently live in lower Manhattan. I just typed up a post over at my dying community peoplerepublic about slavery, based on an article I read. This inspired me to search other livejournal communities, which is how I found this one.
The article (http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=4173) brought to light some new things for me, and made the important point that although many in the West are preoccupied with sex slavery and forced prostitution, for every 1 sex slave there are 15 slaves in other industries. I'm very concerned with all sorts of social issues plaguing our world today, including slavery in all of it's forms. I joined this community to hopefully become more aware of the problem and to find different ways that I can help in any way possible.

the outlaw's wife: political : do something worthyanachronisma on December 22nd, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
Edit: Fixed a broken link, sorry!
Welcome to the community! Here at Clapham Circle we focus on all different kinds of modern slavery. I personally have a huge heart for debt bondage slavery of all kinds, especially the kind that end up with products served up in my local stores.

Some of our informational links need updating, but what I'd recommend is to check out are Polaris Project and Free the Slaves. I also strongly recommend the Department of State 2008 Trafficking in Persons Report which outlines trafficking in different countries around the world in a 3 "tiered" scale based on what trafficking is known, how bad it is, and what laws exist against it.

Kevin Bales is one of the leading researchers and writers about human trafficking and modern slavery, and his books "Disposable People" and "Ending Slavery" are an absolute must for all people serious in understanding the issues of modern slavery. "Ending Slavery" is life-changing: I spent the last 40 pages wiping away tears (my review is here.) Another meticulously researched book about modern slavery with a more journalistic slant is Ben Skinner's "A Crime So Monstrous" (you can read more about that book here).

If you want to stay on top of the current goings-on with trafficking, you can't do better than to subscribe to Google News Alerts for human trafficking. One daily email will inform you of developing laws and cases in the US and around the world. We try to post articles as we get them but as both moderators are full-time students, that can be pretty difficult. Our news roundups are no substitute for reading the latest news yourself. I also suggest signing up for email updates from Free the Slaves, Not For Sale, Polaris Project, and The Emancipation Network, all of which are featured regularly here at Clapham Circle.

Finally, if you're wondering what to do, around here, we fully support giving financial donations to the abolitionist organization of your choice, as well as making fair trade purchases in general and buying goods that provide livelihoods to former slaves in specific. Check out a Christmas round-up of ways to promote freedom for under $50 here.

Thanks for posting! I hope you continue to contribute and post articles, links, thoughts, and experiences. While it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless as an individual, as a group we have a power that can't be ignored.
Forestextascene on December 22nd, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Edit: Fixed a broken link, sorry!
Thank you so much! I'll be checking out all these sites, I appreciate the information :]
I plan on doing whatever I can in this community.