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More than 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation outlawing slavery in the United States, there are still several million people being forced to work as modern-day slaves, often under unspeakable conditions.
But there is also an army of people tirelessly working to establish pathways to freedom for those caught in human trafficking’s web. Today's fight against slavery is taking place every day – from a New Orleans courtroom to churches in England, to the tomato fields of Florida and the cacao plantations of Ghana.
“As a months-long, international Christian Science Monitor investigation has discovered, there are glimmers of light in this global human rights crisis,” writes Monitor correspondent Stephanie Hanes. “From grassroots workers’ coalitions to geo-data manipulation to new law enforcement initiatives, individuals are finding new ways to counter labor trafficking. Look at them together, and one sees not only clues for how to counter a pervasive form of exploitation, but also the power of human dignity and hope.”
In her book “Science & Health With Key to the Scriptures,” Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Monitor, wrote, “Discerning the rights of man, we cannot fail to foresee the doom of all oppression. Slavery is not the legitimate state of man. God made man free.”
Learn more about the steps of progress being made toward the complete banishment of the idea of slavery.
- Part 1: October 26: Modern slavery: Labor trafficking is everywhere and nowhere
- Part 2: November 2: Trafficking: One woman's journey from Staten Island slavery to her own boss
- Part 3, November 9: From England's pews, a quiet abolitionist finds his voice on slavery
- Part 4: Monday, November 16: Trafficking: In Florida's tomato fields, a fight for ethical farm labor grows
- Part 5: Monday, November 23: How to free modern slaves: Three tech solutions that are working
- Part 6: November 30: Chocolate gets sweeter: How consumer outrage is reducing child labor in Ghana
- Part 7: December 7: An epic legal battle pays off for trafficked workers
- Part 8: December 14: For Mexico's migrant workers, a push for cross-border justice
- Part 9: December 21: On embassy row, a fraying veil of immunity for traffickers
- Part 10: December 28: Mexico's first 'union' for guest workers fights abuses at home and in US
- Part 11: January 4: Why Seattle is scoring victories against labor traffickers
- Part 12: January 11: Radical idea to help freed slaves: Just give them cash
New podcast: January 11: Fighting Modern Slavery from 'FIXcast,' a podcast on progress from The Christian Science Monitor.
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