Check out this music video for “All I Need” by Radiohead. Haunting and compelling as it highlights exploitation and trafficking. And before some of you freak out, I am not insituating that the global economy is about slavery. Of course not. But, it’s possible to make a case for a level of exploitation. Exploitation and enablement/empowerment looks different, no?.
“All I Need”, quite possibly the sexiest song Radiohead has ever written, just became a hell of a lot less sexy…and a lot more important. For the video for the In Rainbows standout, Radiohead has partnered with MTV’s EXIT (end exploitation and trafficking) campaign to create a clip that raises awareness of issues of forced labor and abuse around the world. [read article]
And if you think human slavery and trafficking is an afterthought, you’re dead wrong. This is one of the informative articles about the grave situation of human trafficking and slavery [LA Times].
Many people are surprised to learn that there are still slaves. Many imagined that slavery died along with the 360,000 Union soldiers whose blood fertilized the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment. Many thought that slavery was brought to an end around the world when most countries outlawed it in the 19th century.
But, in fact, there are more slaves today than at any point in history. Although a precise census is impossible, as most masters keep their slaves hidden, baseline estimates from United Nations and other international researchers range from 12 million to 27 million slaves worldwide. The U.S. State Department estimates that from 600,000 to 800,000 people — primarily women and children — are trafficked across national borders each year, and that doesn’t count the millions of slaves who are held in bondage within their own countries. [read full article]
And these folks are all doing substantive work in the area [h/t charles lee]:
- Free the Slaves (Free the Slaves liberates slaves around the world, helps them rebuild their lives and researches real world solutions to eradicate slavery forever.)
- International Justice Mission (Legal Advocates for Justice Around the World)
- JustOne (Foundation for Relief & Development on Issues of Poverty, Orphans, and Human Trafficking)
- Stop the Traffik (Abolitionists Coalition of Over 900 Organizations)
- Not For Sale – Campaign to End Slavery
- Love 146 – Love146 works toward the abolition of child sex trafficking and exploitation through aftercare, prevention and advocacy.