What does freedom mean to you? How often do you think about the freedoms and liberties that you enjoy daily? For some it’s the right to do as they please. Freedom is the right to be happy, freedom of speech, freedom to make and follow through with your own decisions, freedom to wave the flag one wishes. Freedom to speak about and raise awareness on any issue that inspires you. For National Math Bee, Freedom is the right to happiness and education. Freedom TO.
What about Freedom FROM? These are the freedoms we take most for granted, such as freedom from torture and freedom from forced labor, freedom from human trafficking, and all forms of modern-day slavery.
Human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom for profit. In some cases, traffickers trick, defraud or physically force victims into selling sex. In others, victims are lied to, assaulted, threatened or manipulated into working under inhumane, illegal or otherwise unacceptable conditions. It is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 40 million people around the world.Polaris Project
Modern Day Slavery
Today, as you read this post, “40 million people are victims to slavery. At least 10 million of those victims are children.” Human trafficking for sex, labor, child soldiers, and body parts is a global reality that directly affects every single one of us. “Human Trafficking is the second-largest criminal industry in the world 3, generating up to 150 billion dollars a year.” 2 The war against human trafficking is a global effort that must involve governments, law enforcement, NGOS, communities, businesses, and individuals like you.
50% of victims are in forced labor
37.5 % of victims are in forced marriage
12.5% of victims are in sex slavery
25% of slaves today are childrenFree The Slaves
#MyFreedomDay and the Freedom Project
March 11, 2020, is #MyFreedomDay. #MyFreedomDay is part of The Freedom Project. #MyFreedomDay is an initiative started by CNN meant to inspire students to become an active force in fighting modern-day slavery by initiating the conversation about exploitation. CNN has asked students to join in on the fight by bringing awareness to modern slavery by hosting events at their school and posting messages about their personal views on freedom on their social media, including the hashtag #MyFreedomDay. This movement means to empower fellow students to voice their opinions. #MyFreedomDay is aimed to get students thinking and speaking about the freedoms denied to those trapped in modern-day slavery.
Since 2011 CNN has been shining a light on modern-day slavery.
Traveling the world to unravel the tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life.
Amplifying the voices of survivors.
Holding governments and businesses accountable.The Freedom Project
What does Freedom mean to you?
In the spirit of #MyFreedomDay, National Math Bee invites you to ask your students, ‘what does freedom mean to you?’. Invite your students to take part of #MyFreedomDay by using their voice to shine a light on the precious freedoms, stripped away from those victims of modern-day slavery. Let’s use this valuable platform to inspire students to join in taking action to end modern-day slavery by using their voice to speak up and educate others about this issue.
What can we do to fight slavery?
Below are a few things we can do NOW in our classrooms and our day to day lives, to actively fight modern-day slavery:
- Join prevention efforts meant to empower children and keeping them safe. Specifically, join education initiatives to bring prevention education to your school.
- Support NGOs whose efforts are to fight and prevent modern-day slavery, as well as those NGOs who support victims of slavery.
- Use your platform to educate about ways to ‘effectively intervene in situations of exploitation.’ We must empower our children to recognize signs of human trafficking and to use their voices to speak up against this injustice.
- Education is key. We must teach our children to actively recognize signs of potential ‘lures’ and be aware of ways of preventing or removing themselves from these situations.
- Let’s use our voice, and teach others to use theirs as well. Slavery is an issue that needs to be brought to the forefront. We need to get people talking about human trafficking.
- Support those companies who commit to sell ethically sourced products.
- Research those industries that are known for child labor and exploitation, such as clothing, diamonds, coal, farming, and agriculture. Take a stand to avoid those companies who do not commit to stand for the human trafficking battle.
- Contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline to connect with services that support for human trafficking survivors, or to report a tip: call 1-888-373-7888, text 233733, or chat online.
For more information…
You can find out more information on how to get your school involved with #MyFreedomDay on March 11thhere.
Please take a look at and support these foundations that are actively fighting against human trafficking.
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