Many of us do not know that we are slave owners, in the fact that we, unwillingly buy or contribute to Human Trafficking and or slavery. I must be honest with you I am one of these people that has contributed to the 27 million people in slavery today.
A few years ago I saw an advertisement for a pair of shoes that while you walk in them you get in shape. I thought to myself this is what I have been waiting for my whole life a pair of shoes that all I need to do is walk in them and I have a great back-end and a perfect pair of legs.
I had to have them. But they cost $100. I started saving to buy these must have shoes. Finally, the day came I bought my beautifully ugly pair of “Sketchers shape-up” those thick sole beauties. I just knew they were going to buy themselves with my great pair of legs.
In doing research in Human Trafficking, I was searching on a website notforsale.org and found a link to free2work (a website that does all the research needed for people to know what they are buying. And how the workers are treated. The site gives grades from A-F) I thought lets see about my thick soled beauties. There it was, staring me in the face a “F” my shoes got one of the lowest scores possible, they failed and so did I. In my sweet ignorance I became part owner to slavery. Even writing these words now it’s bitter. I was an unaware consumer, me on my pilgrimage to fight for World justice-Freedom. Now my first pair of shoes that cost more than $25 are now know in my family as “my ugly shoes of shame.”
My point in sharing this story is to ask you not to be a slave owner. At times it is so difficult to buy Fair trade but in a commitment to see an end to slavery knowing what your buying is key to ending human trafficking is a necessity.
How to stop being a Slave owner
1. Buy Fair Trade
To find out what you are buying is slave free look at Free2Work
2. Do not purchase sex, including pornography. This creates demand.
3. Put the human trafficking hot-line number in your cell phone. 1-888-373-7888. Indifference creates an atmosphere for slavery.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”
Our neighbors are being enslaved by choices we make everyday if you change small things you can make a big difference to end slavery.