Euro2012 will be going on in Poland and Ukraine and you can be sure that the “traffickers” are busy getting their sex slaves to certain locations for some of those “loyal” soccer spectators. As I write this the countdown is one hour away…the excitement builds on the Euro2012 website. The same would be true of any World Series or Super Bowl events in the U.S. The “handlers” of sex slaves move their products to where the customers are congregated. Why aren’t more people aware of this slavery problem? Perhaps because law enforcement turns a blind eye to what the slaves are going through since any huge sporting event is good for the cities’ economies.
I’m glad people like State Department Ambassador Luis CdeBaca is bringing attention to Minnesota businesses about how they can be “trafficking cops.” If you read the entire text of this StarTribune article, you will see that the title of this blog comes from the quote I got from the article:
“Human trafficking is a bit of a misnomer. At the end of the day, what we’re really talking about is modern slavery. ‘Trafficking’ is a euphemism that makes people a little bit more comfortable, so we tend to hear it called that more.”
Fortunately, more and more people are becoming aware of the problem and want to DO something about it. I still have people giving me greeting cards that we turn into “Card-Again” cards. Profits from the sale of these cards go to Not For Sale, Minnesota. We have been selling gift bags and books as well to spread awareness about modern day slavery.
I am happy to report our first small shipment was sent off to Kazakhstan and will arrive to Astana this weekend. Those working at the trafficking shelters in Astana will receive samples of envelopes, cardstock, recycled fronts of greeting cards, and ideas about how to make these “Card-Again” cards. In anticipation of the Christmas Bazaar at the Radisson in December, I hope this is the first of many such shipments and the profits can go back to their shelters. A win-win because it gives those skilled in making cards something to do and perhaps a future cottage industry will come of it.
Contacts I have in Astana will help those victims who are rehabilitating in shelters and those who are craftsy will assemble the cards together for the international women to buy by December’s bazaar. At least that is my vision for this new enterprise. Awareness here in Minnesota and North Dakota will spread back to women from all over the world who are spouses of businessmen living in Kazakhstan.
I’d like to see “Awareness Trafficking” happen where more people look at analyzing lower-down tiers. We all must take seriously the monitoring of the supply-chain of products we buy, use and take for granted. Read the StarTribune article and find out what more people in the Minnesota business community are doing.