Welcome, and thank you for visiting the new Freedom from Global Slavery website! We are in the process of moving from our old site on Ning.com, because the people at Ning decided that they want ONLY paying members, no more free websites. I already have my own personal website here on Webs.com so it was an easy decision to move FFGS here as well.
Again, this is a purely informational and discussion site, not a fund-raising activist site. However, links to pertinent activist sites will be posted here for you to explore.
The main idea here is to increase awareness of the global problem of human trafficking, as well as to increase education about the issues and how you can help to eventually eliminate global slavery and global human trafficking!
It's time to break the chains of slavery, we all thought it ended over a century ago when the world agreed to stop using slaves. But, the truth is that slavery is an even bigger problem today than in the early 1800's, with (as of 2007) over 27,000,000 people worldwide in bondage. Of those, 80% are female, and 50% are children! In the USA alone, approximately 40 *NEW* slaves are smuggled in EACH DAY!
There is a lot to learn if we are to make a difference, one of the first things is that those who enslave count on our naivety, disbelief, ignorance, and indifference, in order to continue. You can change that by becoming more aware of the problem, how to spot it, realizing it is in virtually every neighborhood (there was even an arrest made and a slave emancipated within 2 miles of my home!), and watching for it. Starting right now.Add your main content here - text, photos, videos, addons, whatever you want!
The Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking17 was launched in 2009 to raise awareness of the crime and its negative impact on society. The goal of the campaign is to inspire people and to mobilize support for action against human trafficking by international organizations, governments, civil society, the private sector and individuals. The campaign builds on previous awareness‐raising experience at the international and regional levels. Primary audiences for the campaign include the general public, governments, law enforcement officers, NGOs and grassroots organizations, journalists and business people – each of whom have a valuable role in raising awareness and in preventing and combating trafficking in persons.
Campaign tools include, first, the symbol itself – a Blue Heart which represents the sadness of those who are trafficked while reminding us of the cold‐heartedness of those who buy and sell fellow human beings. The use of the blue UN colour also demonstrates the commitment of the United Nations to combating this crime against human dignity. In the same way that the red ribbon has become the international symbol of HIV/AIDS awareness, the campaign aims to make the Blue Heart an international symbol against human trafficking.
The logo is available online for use on Facebook and on Internet pages. Pins to be worn at events, a call to action leaflet, television spots on human trafficking, a dedicated website, and a Facebook group are also part of the campaign package. The campaign initially made heavy use of social media ‐ the Facebook group for the Blue Heart Campaign managed to attract an unprecedented 5,000 members within days of its existence in March 2009 and it now includes 20,000 supporters.