Monday, October 20, 2008

Poverty and Human Trafficking

On October 15, I jumped on the band wagon of Blog Action Day where bloggers posted about Poverty. My focus was on beads purchased from sweat shops. I referenced a previous post on July 31, "In America?", where I mentioned the program "Breaking the Chains" of slavery and poverty and how it related to my jewelry making.
This morning I read more about the subject in an article in my Google reader. They shared a web site that provides direct help to people who have been rescued from and are surviving modern slavery. The problem is that these people are caught up in a vicious circle. They are poor and are seeking a way out. They are lured into schemes that promise them money for a fair day's work. Then they can not get out of debt because they are now caught in the web of modern slavery. The help for these people must include a real way to gain economic freedom for themselves and their family.
The web site mentioned is Here you can purchase items made by survivors of Human Trafficking. They have jewelry, bags and clothing available. Now I have not purchased things from the site but recommend that you at least check it out.
The words of Helen Keller really ring true.


  1. Hi Bev,

    I've been interested in your posts on poverty and slavery. I have friends with Good Measure International who have set up their ministry to address world poverty. I've also been passionate about relieving the physical and emotional suffering of people. I feel that with the current economic problems there is going to be an increase in poverty, not only in the U.S. but in many other parts of the world.

  2. Good post, Bev! It is incredulous that in this day and age, slavery still exists in other parts of the world.

  3. The really incredulous thing is that it isn't just in other countries but here in America too.
    People are often caught up in a vicious circle.