Slave-Free Trick-or-Treat Resources

Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes, by Meringue Bake Shop Are you considering going slave-free this Halloween? Plenty of local health food stores, and even many regular supermarkets sell small squares of fairly traded chocolate that you can hand out to sweet-toothed kids. If you do plan to pass out slave-free chocolate this year at Halloween, consider including … Continue reading

Do You See What I See?

The following short film documents a recent UNHCR-sponsored project called “Do you see what I see?” in which refugee children in Yemen and Namibia record their day-to-day lives through photography. Often we look at images of refugees and see a very narrow bit of what the refugee experience is – images of people in flight, … Continue reading

Children’s Literature and Refugees

Greek and Armenian refugee children near Athens, 1923 There are a number of books for children out there that focus on refugee stories and the causes of forcibly migrated people. According to Forced Migration Guide’s bibliography on the genre, “Children’s literature relating to refugees can be used to explore such themes as compassion, empathy, tolerance, … Continue reading

Shopping for Slavery

The following list by the US Department of Labor outlines products that are known to be created by forced or indentured child labor, also known as child slavery. Note the repeated presence of certain countries, like Burma. Also note that these products and places do not make up a complete list. As the abolitionist movement … Continue reading

Les Miserables and the Marginalized

Forbidden Broadway, a show that parodies hit musicals, describes Les Misérables with this rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream”: Come watch us grovel in the dirt, Then buy a souvenir and don it. Rich folks pay twenty bucks a shirt That has a starving pauper on it. That pauper, from the millions of t-shirts, CDs … Continue reading

Delisting for Listlessness

On Tuesday, August 24, attorneys general from 17 states wrote a joint letter asking for Craigslist.com to remove its Adult Services section. This letter follows a disturbing CNN report on illegal practices via Craigslist, as well as an open letter from two child trafficking survivors begging the company to take action and end the sale … Continue reading

Loved by the Marginalized

I picked up The Nanny Diaries a while back because I’d heard it was pretty good and written by graduates of my own little nontraditional college. It details the somewhat fictional experiences of a student named Nan who works as a nanny for presumably some of the worst people ever, or at least some of … Continue reading

The African Slave Trade, Suburbia-Style

Cinderella, 1865 It turns out we are still shipping in slaves from Africa to work our estates. And we seem to prefer children. In the United States today, an estimated one-third of trafficking victims work as domestic servants, mostly in suburban neighborhoods. The ones who are children often arrive after being sold in their African … Continue reading

The Unfortunate Fortune of Craigslist

Craigslist.com Poor Craigslist. It is hard to be popular. Craigslist.com is by far the largest classified advertising site in the United States. Each month, roughly 50 million users visit the site for everything from free couches to basset hound puppies. Its widespread popularity also makes it a hub for human traffickers: pimps who sell women … Continue reading

Unsweetened by the Slave Trade

“It is at this price that you eat sugar in Europe.” – maimed slave from Voltaire’s Candide From Kool-Aid to Fruit Loops to Dr. Pepper to Jimmy Dean’s “Chocolate Chip Pancakes and Sausage on a Stick,” we hungry Westerners have one thing in common – and no, it’s not just the resulting diabetes: we like … Continue reading

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