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Friday, April 5, 2013

New Book, Important Read: Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery

      Coauthors Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim have provided information essential to  removing a modern-day spin on an ancient evil from our soil. In their new book, published in 2013 and currently available for the very fair price of $16.00, readers learn how currently immigrants are being lured to America with the promise of good jobs in the domestic help industry and instead enslaved. Discover what signs to look for, which industries are most commonly involved, and who to contact if you suspect you have encountered an enslaved human being in our midst. Here's an example of the information provided: 

A subtle form of slavery found in our backyards is the enslavement of domestic help. “One of the most insidious forms of trafficking—the enslavement of domestics and nannies—occurs under our very noses. Here you must be vigilant.” 

Here are some common places and situations where slavery is known to flourish:
  • Landscape and gardening business
  • Households in which domestic home workers are present
  • Large-scale agricultural operations
  •  Construction sites
  • Casinos
  • Garment factories
  • Hotels (especially in housekeeping departments)

[There are many more...]

A person might be a human trafficking victim if he or she:
  •  Is not free to come and go as he or she wishes
  • Is not free to change employers
  • Is afraid to discuss himself or herself in the presence of others
  •  Does not control his or her earnings
  •  Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
  •  Has few or no personal possessions
  • Is not in control of his or her money or has no financial record or bank account
  •  Is not in control of own identification (e.g. ID, passport, visa)

[There are a great many more...]
This essential guide also provides you with steps to take to rescue an individual you suspect is enslaved. 

I highly recommend this book for anyone with a keen sense of justice. This is a powerful tool for doing good in this society today ... and here's a hint, your major action will involve picking up the phone (if you can handle that, you need this book!). 

As Amos 5:24 states: 

But let justice roll down like waters,
    and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

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