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. http://bevsjewelry.blogspot.com/2008_07_01_archive.html
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 http://www.madebysurvivors.com/ 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.