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Children Trafficked by Fake Aid Workers
Rescued in Nepal 

April’s devastating earthquake has created an unfortunate business opportunity for predatory human traffickers. Many Nepalis are still living like refugees. With infrastructure in tatters, families are struggling to get by and parents are distraught over living conditions for their children.

In Sindhupalchowk district, which was particularly hard hit, traffickers posing as earthquake relief workers have persuaded some families to send their children away from home. Parents have been told their kids will be placed temporarily in safe housing and receive a good education. In reality, the children are sold into slavery as domestic servants.

Fortunately, awareness raising and quick action by Free the Slaves and our front-line partner group GMSP have led to the rescue of six boys, aged 8 to 12. During community training about the increased risk of trafficking in the post-earthquake environment, parents alerted GMSP activists that these boys had already left the village. The District Child Welfare Board was notified, and the boys were tracked down and returned to their homes.

The traffickers got away, and the host families claimed they didn’t know the children had been trafficked. But the rescue of these six boys demonstrates that community education can deliver concrete results. Read more about our successes in Nepal on our Nepal webpage.

Stories of Hope and Inspiration now on
FTS Website


Nobody knows more about slavery than the people who have lived through it. Their experiences and wisdom form the foundations of the modern anti-slavery movement. Their stories of courage and triumph inspire us all. 

Now you can hear in their own words what slavery is like — physically and psychologically — and hear their harrowing tales of escape and joyous stories of freedom. Our Survivor Stories section is now live on the recently-redesigned Free the Slaves website. Our first stories are from India, Nepal, Brazil and Ghana — and there are many more to come! Free the Slaves has interviewed slavery survivors around the globe to document the injustice, insecurity and indignity they've endured. Their narratives are powerful testimony to the need for urgent action to eradicate human trafficking and modern-day slavery worldwide.  
Capitol Hill Success on Corporate Transparency
and Accountability

Many of the people in slavery are actually working for you. That's because many of the products you buy are either made by slaves or with slavery-tainted raw materials.
Free the Slaves advocacy in Congress has helped inspire introduction of the "Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015." It would require large corporations to publicly disclose if they are taking steps to prevent human trafficking, modern-day slavery and child labor in their products or services.

The bill targets publicly-traded companies with more than $100 million in global gross receipts. They would be required to include in their annual reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a notification of any efforts to prevent slavery in their product supply chains. Disclosures would be posted on the SEC and company websites for public access.

The introduction of the bill responds to recommendations in the State Department's 2015 Trafficking in Persons report, which stressed the need for governments to "set clear expectations for businesses on human rights issues and adopt policies that promote greater transparency and better reporting on anti-trafficking efforts in supply chains." Learn more about removing slavery from your investment portfolio and shopping cart on the Free the Slaves Slavery-Free Commerce webpage.
Supporters Find Unique Ways to Raise Funds
for Ending Slavery


$5,000. That's the donation milestone reached recently by a dedicated group of trivia-night participants at a weekly gathering in PulIman, Washington. It's evidence that a long-term commitment can make a meaningful difference in ending slavery. 

We first introduced you to this group from Rico's Public House in 2013. The founders, Seth Nydam and Robert McKinnon, were inspired to take action against slavery after seeing Free the Slaves co-founder Kevin Bales lecture at Washington State University. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the issue or hopeless about their ability to make a difference, they decided to start donating the proceeds of a weekly trivia session to Free the Slaves. 

Those weekly donations of about $40 each have really added up over the past few years, and we are thrilled to celebrate the Rico's Trivia Night crew passing the $5,000 milestone! We're especially appreciative of the group's creativity in finding a way to make a difference that is both fun and ongoing.

We're also excited because Trivia Night at Rico's Public House illustrates a great lesson that we are always trying to share — everyone can make a difference. Whether you're sharing the proceeds of a bake sale or lemonade stand, skipping a manicure or a week's worth of coffee out and donating what you've saved, or organizing a movie night or house party salon or other awareness-raising event, everyone has the power to contribute to the movement and have fun while doing it. 

Be inspired! Think about what you can do to raise awareness - and needed funds — this fall or in January during Anti-Trafficking Awareness Month. For ideas, visit our How to Take Action webpage.

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