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Slavery Today: Buying and Selling Children July 9, 2008

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

 

Did you know that, by one account, there are more slaves on the planet today than at any time in history?  27 million.  Many of them are children.  If there’s a topic nearer to my heart than homelessness, it’s the deplorable plight of so many children world wide.

Last night, ABC News’ Nightline did a report on child-trafficking in Haiti.  Here’s the link:

http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=5326508&page=1

The report was hard to watch.  I cried during much of it, because of the subject matter and because one of the girls in the report resembles so closely one of my granddaughters.  Nonetheless, if we refuse to know, we are unable to make in impact, right?

So, please, click on the link and watch or read the report.  Then click on “Click HERE to learn more about what you can do to help end child slavery.”  These children are people who TRULY have no voice, and, in my view, their exploiters represent the greatest evil on the planet.

KS

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2 Responses to “Slavery Today: Buying and Selling Children”

  1. M Says:

    I recently found out that in Liberia (the only country that has adopted our constitution virtually unchanged), Firestone is the largest employer, and they have the largest rubber plantation in the world there. Firestone’s employees live with families and extended families in ONE ROOM with NO plumbing and NO bathroom facilities. And their children don’t go to school because they have to help their parents meet their daily production quota. It’s been this way SINCE 1926.

  2. Karen Shafer Says:

    I think what you write is a very good example of how privileged we are in our country and how little we tend to know about the rest of the world.

    Thank you for commenting,
    Karen


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