Fightslavery's Blog

{November 20, 2009}   CALL for art work submissions

CAST an L.A based group are asking for submissions for artwork which will be used for an upcoming campaign poster.

This is a good opportunity for Artists to get involved. See this page for details.


I was lucky to meet Journalist, writer, film maker and activist Sylvia Yu who was on a short trip to Japan to interview people about Comfort Women. These are women who were forced to work as prostitutes by the Japanese military. See this wikipedia entry for more info and here for more detailed paper and info.

Her blog is full of useful and heart breaking information and stories but is a testament to the womens courage and strength in telling their stories. She interviewed Dr Yoshimi Yoshiaki who is trying to advocate an openess in Japan about this topic.


This week (March) I had coffee with UK freelance journalist Helen Croyden. She has written a number of articles about the sex trade and has a very unbiased view of the pros and cons of women choosing to work within the industry, however we both recognise the fact that many smart, beautiful and entrepreneurial women are wasted in this industry. No-one could argue that trafficked people choose to do what they are forced to, and as with sexual exploitation after a period of “seasoning” their ability to act freely has been severely diminished by repeated beatings and torture.

{October 21, 2009}   Leah Dubuc and songs

Leah is a good friend of mine and will be travelling to India to work with N.G.Os who are working in the field, as her plans unfold she has promised to write to me with her impressions and photos. I want to post these as and when as I think it can be overwhelming to read a lot of facts and figures, so I plan to create a category titled LEAH for those updates.

I also want to expand on the ACTION ideas as I think without taking positive steps it is easy to feel defeated and overwhelmed with the size of the task. 

On a related note I heard about the Irish band BlueTree`s song This City about 6 months ago but was reminded of it. Here is the background info to the song…

This talk will take place on Friday 23rd October at 7pm Nagahara station.
Youth With A Mission, Tokyo, would like to invite you to an evening of prayer on behalf of a very serious issue facing women and children around the world: sexual trafficking and slavery of women and children. Photographer Susi Childers with Voice for the Voiceless, a ministry of Youth With A Mission, will share through photographs and stories the plight of these victims. Please join us on Friday evening, October 23rd, to learn more and respond in prayer. Please feel free to invite others.  There is no cost involved.
Location: Fountain of Life Church  (Church website with map: )
Address: 1-12-5 Kami-ikedai, Toko Building 4F, Ota-ku  (one minute walk from Nagahara station)
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Also, please visit these websites to learn more:

The ministry of Voice for the Voiceless: or:

There are also two other meetings in Tokyo:

Sumida Bible Church (Oct.22):

Charity Concert (Oct.30) :


YWAM Tokyo


ドイツ出身の写真家、スージ チルダーズ氏が来日し、彼女の写真を紹介しながら「声なき者たち」の実情を分かち合います。どうぞお友達といっしょにお集まりください。共に祈りましょう。
祈り会 いのちの泉キリスト教会
日時:10月23日 午後7時
場所: 〒145-0064 東京都大田区上池台1-12-5東興(長原)ビル4階 ( )
墨田聖書教会 「声なき者たちの声」を聴く特別イベント
墨田区墨田3-19-4 電話:3619-0195  東武伊勢崎線「鐘カ淵駅」下車、徒歩7分
チャリテイーコンサート 玉川聖学院谷口ホール
世田谷区奥沢7-11-22 東横線「自由が丘駅」下車、徒歩6分
問い合わせ:090-4414-4237, 090-4835-3090

{September 17, 2009}   ACTION – Japan

I found out about this organisation called HELP which stands for “The House in Emergency of Love and Peace

It is a safe house somewhere in Tokyo for women who are victims of trafficking and sexual abuse. It is so great to find that there is this here 😉

{September 3, 2009}  

Emma Thompsons` awareness raising campaign

{September 3, 2009}   Somaly Mam

Somaly Mam`s story is one of hope and courage. Read more about her life and work here

Upcoming fundraising events include

A Night of Hopes and Dreams – benefit in New York on Sept 17th (volunteers needed) and LA Sept 29

{September 2, 2009}   Housing and Support

Housing and ongoing support are an essential part of addressing the problem long term, as women exit the industry they need space to heal and practical care and advice. The Poppy Project is a UK based project funded by the Criminal Justice Reform and provides housing and a comprehensive support system including healthcare, legal help and  resettlement services.

{August 31, 2009}   Voice for the Voiceless concert

This classical concert will take Place on October 30th. The money raised will go to the charity A Voice for the Voiceless set up by photographer Susi Childers. Focusing on Africa they are involved with making a documentary, fundraising and awareness raising through creativity, action and prayer. Nearest Station Tamagawa Seigajuin. Tickets 2500 yen or 1500 for students and children. 

From their website

Every year according to UNICEF, more than 1 million children enter the oldest trade in the world, prostitution. From the age of three, people rape and abuse them to break their wills. They are forced to prostitute their innocence to pay off debt to their owners and other commodities like rent, food and clothing. They are refugees. War and genocide displace millions of people. Take the Saharawi for example. 27 Years ago they were ejected from their homeland for the minerals and fisheries. For 27 years they have lived outcast and alone. For 27 years they have cried for justice, yet the vast expanse of the hostile Sahara mutes their cry.

This is a site dedicated to sharing information about organisations who are working together to fight modern day slavery. It is the start of my way of answering what can I do, when faced with such a terrible and pandemic problem. At the moment I am compiling links of other organisations who are collectively focusing on bonded labour and sexual slavery. 

A good introduction is this video from the A21 campaign. As I am currently based in Japan I will also be focusing on organisations working in South East Asia. Please feel free to add information and/or comments as I believe the best way to help stop this is through awareness raising and information/resource sharing.


Rachel Carvosso

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