The Reality of Fighting Slavery
There are over 27 million slaves in the world today. When I came this realization several years back, I knew that I had to alter my life to make a difference in this area. During these past few years, I’ve come to understand some of the complexities involved in fighting slavery. There are several layers to the issue that most of us may not be aware of. It’s not just slavery. Slavery is actually the result of many other social injustices like poverty, orphans, education, gender roles, etc.
Nevertheless, I have chosen to not allow the enormity of the problem to cause paralysis. I must do something. This is really the story behind why Greg Russinger and I started JustOne along with our initiative One Voice to End Slavery. We’ve been privileged to serve the victims of trafficking by helping a foundation develop a shelter here in the US and providing tangible needs after rescues. In addition, we’ve been able to travel around the country to do preventive work by presenting the realities of trafficking in schools, businesses, and churches.
Fighting slavery is not nearly as romantic or sexy as some portray it to be. It’s hard work. It deals with real people and not just statistics. It’s heart breaking and yet filled with hope when considering the possibilities of bringing relief and restoration.
Please take a moment to watch the following presentation by Sunitha Krishnan in India during last month’s Ted Conference. I thought it was one of the most honest presentations I’ve ever heard on the issue. Yes, it contains graphic images that aren’t edited out. Then again, real life victims don’t have the luxury of editing out their own story.
Sunitha has rescued over 3,000 victims of slavery and embodies the sacrifice it takes to do such work. She is definitely a new hero for people like me. This will be worth the watch. I promise. May it inspire, challenge, and cause you to do something about the reality of slavery.
Charles Lee is the founder of Ideation, a consultancy that specializes in branding, marketing, social media, and event development. He is also a founding member of JustOne, a NPO committed to addressing issues of poverty, orphans, and slavery. In addition, Charles leads New Hope, a faith community in the Los Angeles area, and is the creator of grassroots efforts including the Idea Camp, Ideation Conference, and the Freeze Project. Charles regularly speaks around the country on topics such as creativity, innovation, leadership, social media, community development and compassionate justice.