Have you thought about how your shoes were made lately? It’s probably been a while, because we’ve learned to desensitize ourselves from the truth that somewhere along the supply chain, we make use of slavery -real slavery, not just sub-minimum wages or uncomfortable working conditions -but real, violent human slavery everyday. Consider your cell phone. It probably wasn’t assembled by an 8 year old Cambodian kid, but it’s more than likely that the miners who dug up the rare minerals to make the microchips and processors with were slaves. After all; 27 million people live in slavery today (and that’s the lower estimate). Perhaps even stranger though, is that approximately 10,000 of them live right here in the United States. Global human trafficking is a greater problem now than ever before, and without actually taking action through your money and your right to vote, it’s only going to get worse.
On June 5th, 2010, however, Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Child Protection Compact Act (CPCA) to the House of Representatives, an act which could potentially allocate $50 million to eradicate human trafficking in a few “focus countries”. If passed, this legislation would increase the funding for the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons to “investigate crimes against children and prosecute
perpetrators in numbers sufficient to deter and eventually eliminate
the crime.” My organization, the Penn State chapter of International Justice Mission (IJM) will be rallying students in the HUB on Monday to phone their representatives and senators to vote “Yes” to the CPCA. Slavery doesn’t need to exist -especially when we know that we can eliminate it. You might think that one phone call wont make a difference, but that is flat out not true. At the University Arkensas, only 70 students asked their senators to co-sponsor the CPCA, and they did. Penn State is huge, and this is an opportunity for students to really make a difference.
More info on the CPCA, as well as resources for the call in day on Monday can be found here:
We talk a lot about how free America is. I think it’s about time we take advantage of that our rights.