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Ok.. so, a couple of days ago I looked at this mission and i started browsing through the links in search of a hero. Finally after a few hours of getting to know alot of interesting stuff I decided to follow 3 people and after getting to know better what thy are trying to do I decided to nominate here and follow Kevin Bales. He started by writing about modern day slavery and with Jolene Smith and Peggy Callahan started a non profit organisation, Free the Slaves.

If you would take the time to watch this video in which Kevin Bales talks about ways to end slavery I would be grateful. http://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_bales_how_to_combat_modern_slavery.html Is quite inspiring, I promise :p

After cathing up with their las projects and getting familliar with their wh*** philosophy on helping eradicate this problem I starded to really realise the importance of their work. I would like to share with you a few facts I just learned myself:

Do you know that you can save, not buy out, but really save a slave with an avrage of 400 $? And do you know that a human life was never throughout history as cheap as it is now? Moreover, do you know slavery can be found all over the world even though is illegal in all countries?

I began to believe this is a problem that can be solved. You can learn more at http://www.freetheslaves.net/Page.aspx?pid=183

I still can believe I actually did it, but I wrote them an e-mail tonight and I am looking forward to their answer. Thank you if you are reading this blog post and thank you even more if you'll take the time to learn more about this issue!

This is what I wrote:

My name is Madalina Licsandru, I am a junior architect, I live and work in Romania and I began to follow your initiative recently but in few days I learned how to look at the world from a changed perspective.
I have to admit that I rarely thought about slavery, but when I saw Kevin Bales's talk on TED I was quite impressed. Maybe for the first time I thought about what could I do to help, and I found your site and I begun watching the videos and read the stories and only then I realized that if i wanted to make a difference I would have to start here, where i live, and understand the problem closest to me.
I never thought about it as slavery before but I would like to ask your opinion on come the 'begging industry' that is quite developed in Bucharest. Gypsy children are born to increase the 'begging work force' and most of them are used from when they are only a few weeks old. Others are lured in by the promise of easy money but then can never escape because I've come to believe that not everyone begs for himself but there are people who organize and exploit them. I once saw someone passing 3 beggars in one the main squares and collecting money from them. I was surprised by the amount of bills this people earned.Is this all just in my mind or is this some form of slavery also?
Secondly, I'm not sure you are familiar with the social network game EVOKE. Is a game designed to get together people to solve some of the world problems. I am a player and I designated Kevin Bales and your organisation as the heroes I follow. I also posted there the talk from TED and a link to your site in the hope that more people will find that slavery exist and is a problem we can solve. I hope you don't mind!

I'm looking forward to hearing from you and good luck with all you are doing!

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Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on April 11, 2010 at 11:53pm
Madalina: Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us. I wasn´t aware of the fact that contemporary slavery is such a huge problem. WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. It´s unacceptable that in this age we still have slaves!!! I´m so angry and yet so inspired by the work of Kevin Bales and your courage Madalina!!! Great work at writing that letter!!!


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