I wish I could run as fast as I can for as long as I want, but I wouldn’t want to give up treats, a comfy place to sleep, and my humans…. Did you know that some humans they aren’t free – and they also don’t get good food, a comfy place to sleep or to be with the people they love? Human trafficking is a terrible problem. You can help by visiting my friends @FreedomUnitedHQ
The Inside Story
As many of you know, Dear Mishu had a tough puppyhood in a place where animals are often neglected. There are so many animals in this situation in the world, that it can be easy to overlook the horrible crimes we humans enact on our own species.
Last week Dear Mishu’s human daddy (or one of them — she has three) met Joe Schmidt, the CEO of Freedom United, a non-profit that is dedicated to ending modern slavery through advocacy, philanthropy, and lobbying governments. Joe and his organization made a big impression, and we decided that Dear Mishu would help publicize the incredible work that they do.
There are 48.5 million people in the world today who are in modern slavery. That can include bonded labor, forced labor, child slavery, live-in domestic slavery, and child marriage, as well as human trafficking. This article on modern slavery is a powerful example of the way slavery can hide in plain site. Freedom United works with anti-slavery groups, individuals, and governments to end modern slavery.
What is Human Trafficking?
According to the Palermo Protocol, human trafficking is:
“the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”
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