What’s Being Done Now?

Posted: September 25, 2011 in GLOA 491

We talk a lot about how current efforts to end human trafficking and modern slavery are either ineffective or not implemented widely enough. Most of the organizations I know of that help sex trafficking victims don’t really “rescue” them per se in most cases, but help with reintegration into society after they escape independently or are rescued by law enforcement.

The most recent successful free-the-slaves effort I know of is Harriet Tubman and the underground railroad. Bales points out 1990s efforts by Pakistan and India  but by his account they didn’t go so well. Have there been any significant contemporary successes in the fight against human bondage? It seems worthwhile to look at effective abolition strategies already in place.  We have some idea of what governments are doing (or not doing) to stem the tide of human trafficking. But are there effective abolition strategies being devised or implemented in the NGO realm?

My last post was a video from the organization Free the Slaves (https://www.freetheslaves.net/), an organization based in Washington, D.C. that works at a grassroots level to free those held in modern slavery and educate vulnerable populations about the risks of being drawn into slavery. They also partner with businesses to “clean slavery out of their product chains” and “empower consumers to stop buying into slavery.” This is at least tangentially related to what I’m thinking about researching. Perhaps I’ll reach out to them for direction with some aspects of my project. I wonder if there are other organizations doing similar work?


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