July 6, 2008 -- Slavery has existed for thousands of years and, by some estimates, there are more slaves today than ever before. Click on the links below to learn more about how to help end this inhumane practice.
E. Benjamin Skinner's book, "A Crime So Monstrous," inspired ABC News' "Nightline" investigation, "How To Buy a Child in Ten Hours" airing Tuesday, July 8 at 11:35 p.m. ET. Please click HERE to learn more about Skinner's book.
One of the most prominent anti-slavery groups in the world today is called Free The Slaves. As the group explains on its Web site, "Free the Slaves was formed in response to Dr. Kevin Bales' groundbreaking book, 'Disposable People.'" Bales is the researcher who estimated that 27 million slaves exist on the planet today, more than at any other time in human history.
The U.S. Department of Justice maintains a Web page on "trafficking in persons." Click HERE to visit the Web site and learn how to report trafficking crimes and worker exploitation. The site also offers information about victim protection.
Beyond Borders, based in the U.S., works with the Haitian group, Limyè Lavi, which means "Light of Life." They fight child slavery by raising awareness, working with survivors and building rural schools so that poor parents will have less incentive to send their children into servitude.
Also in Haiti, the Haitian Coalition for the Defense of Children's Rights worked to help eight-year-old Onise, who appears in several ABC News reports, out of slavery. The group's Web site is in French: http://www.cohadde.org. Click HERE for an English translation.
Funded by donations only, Foyer La Providence orphanage provides a cheerful home, medical care and a full education to abandoned and rescued child slaves. It is the only one of its kind in the Les Cayes countryside.
For more information, please write to: Foyer La Providence, Attn: Madame Michaelle et Madame Gertha; Simon, Rue Medard; Les Cayes 8110 Haiti
Funded by donations, Foyer L'Escale shelter rescues, rehabilitates and educates former child slaves for up to a year with the goal of returning them to their families.
For more information, please write to: Foyer L'Escale, Attn: Dr. Nadine Burdet; P.O. Box: 495, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Foyer Menkontre is a privately funded shelter in the Haitian countryside that gives orphans and former child slaves a home and education.
For more information, please write to: Foyer Menkontre, Attn: Sister Carol Ann Grace; Development Office; 6832 Convent Blvd; Sylvania, OH 43560