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What to do about Modern Slavery?

“Never forget that you are one of a kind.

Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth,

you wouldn’t be here in the first place.

And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems can seem to be,

that one person CAN make a difference in the world.

In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about.

So be that one person.”

                                                                                                                                                R. Buckminster fuller

 

Below you will find a list of actions to take that raise awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking, and provide action points specifically for an Australian context.

 

 SIMPLE THINGS

           Jenny Stanger

           National Manager

           PO Box A435

           Sydney, NSW, 1235

  • Download the Shop Ethical App, or purchase a hard copy from Shop Ethical to learn more about ethical purchasing.
  • Use this video in your service or small group to raise awareness of human trafficking in Australia, and role The Salvation Army plays

 A LITTLE MORE EFFORT

  • Download the Freedom Sunday Toolkit and use the resources to plan a service focused on anti human trafficking. This tool kit provides worship material, prayer focus and sermon outlines.
  • Use your purchasing power! Start purchasing one ethically sourced product for your pantry, yourself or your home or office per fortnight. In a year you will have changed to 25 new products.
  • Participate in Stop the Traffik Australia’s Darryl Lea chocolate campaign. More information can be found here
  • Write a letter to your favourite clothing store inquiring about their supply chains and working conditions. A letter template is available here
  • Develop prayer stations to use during your service or in a small group setting. Prayer station templates are available on the IHQ website:
  • Encourage your workplace or church to commit to sourcing and purchasing ethically produced chocolate, coffee and tea thereby increasing education and awareness throughout your networks.

 HIGH INVESTMENT

  • Hold a breakfast or brunch, inviting a speaker to highlight the concerns of modern slavery and human trafficking, specifically in the context of Australia.
  • Arrange a gathering and show a documentary on human slavery and human trafficking. A list of suggested options is available here

 

Please note other possible dates are the Sundays closest to:

20 February, World Day of Social Justice,

25 March, International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade,

12 June, World Day Against Child Labour,

23 August, International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition,

24 August, Anniversary of the birth of William Wilberforce (1759),

2 December, International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.