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|T-Shirts with a Purpose Raises Awareness of Human Trafficking|
|News Releases - General Info|
|Written by Ginny Grimsley|
|Wednesday, 05 September 2012 14:43|
You Don’t Have to Be Powerful
in Order to Have an Impact, Expert Says
Slavery not only still exists – it’s a thriving big business throughout the world, says Lucia Mann, author of “Rented Silence” (www.luciamann.com), which explores slavery and institutional brutality.
She lists the following facts that have global citizens concerned:
“As terrible as the transatlantic slave trade was throughout four centuries, there is now more than twice the amount of slaves today being trafficked than those who were shipped to America,” says Mann, whose Sicilian mother was a sex slave in South Africa and a World War II concentration camp survivor. As a child, Mann was abducted from her mother by her biological father -- her mother’s master.
Young people are joining the effort to fight the tidal wave of human trafficking, including Emily Fulker, a freshman at Shippensburg University. She became inspired to act after learning about the Underground Railroad in the 1800s, as well as today’s slavery, in school and in her church.
Fulker and her friends decided to find a way to contribute to International Justice Mission, an organization that rescues victims of human trafficking, by selling stylish T-shirts featuring facts about today’s slavery problem. Find the shirts by typing “Buy Shirts to Free Modern-Day Slaves” into a search engine online.
Mann offers additional suggestions:
About Lucia Mann
Lucia Mann was born in British colonial South Africa in the wake of World War II and lives in West Covina, Calif., and British Columbia, Canada. She retired from freelance journalism in 1998 and is the founder of the Modern-Day Slavery Reporting Centre, www.mdsrc.org, the first hotline for victims and concerned citizens. To report suspected trafficking, visit the site or call (800) 610-7035, ext. 227.
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