April 7, 2011 Volume CXXIX Issue 10

Stop paying for slavery extends to community

By WHITLEY ARENS
Chief Emeritus

This semester, as Georgetown College has welcomed the Stop Paying for Slavery Tour to its campus and students have become increasingly aware of the prevalence of human trafficking, students in the 7th grade at Georgetown Middle School have also been studying human trafficking in their Language Arts class as they learn to write editorials. Below are some real editorials from Georgetown Middle School students. Their understanding of human trafficking is inspiring, illustrating that this is an issue about which all people should be passionate and an issue which all people can help to stop—regardless of age.

Dear Editor,

Chocolate is not as simple as many of you choose to believe, and some venture to say that there is another world within it. The fact is, most chocolate industries, such as Hershey’s and Nestle, do something called human trafficking. Although it is illegal, most companies claim their innocence by blaming it on a supply chain. Some people tried to stop it by making chocolate companies sign an agreement called the “International Cocoa Initiative.” Sadly, even after agreeing to stop it, many still do it.

Most people do not know what human trafficking is. Perhaps you have heard of child labor, or slave labor. These terms all refer to the same thing. Human trafficking is defined in Webster’s dictionary as “the business of buying and selling members of the human race.” Most of you think this only happens in poor countries with children who are living in dark, damp alleys. Most of you are wrong! Slave labor goes on everywhere, from Asia to Alaska, American to Amsterdam. Many children each year are being taken from their home and being forced to work for little to no pay in a disgustingly inhospitable environment.

Human trafficking is caused by evil people wanting to make money. A supply chain is a chain of suppliers selling the same goods to each other. For example, the cocoa comes from a farmer who sells it to a truck driver for ten dollars a pound. The truck driver sells it to a boat driver for twenty dollars a pound, making a profit. They then sell it to another truck or train for thirty five dollars a pound. Every person in that chain has to make a profit; the more people that are involved, the higher we pay [for the product], and the less the workers get paid. That sounds backwards to me!

More than fifty percent of the people who read this will ask, “Why don’t we stop it?” Well, we have tried to by making the chocolate companies sign an agreement saying they will not use slave labor again. Less than twenty percent of the companies who signed it did ANYTHING to stop it, let alone stuff that actually worked. Some companies, however, are switching to something called Fair Trade. They agree to pay the company they get their resources from more money, and they try to reduce the supply chain. The producers in turn agree not use human trafficking. Some say this will raise prices, but by cutting the supply chain, it will result in an unnoticeable difference. And besides, isn’t paying a few extra cents worth it to save the lives of innocent children?

I hope I have convinced all of you reading this to take a stand against human trafficking. It can be easily stopped by CEOs, but sadly, most companies refuse to do anything helpful. Write a letter to your favorite chocolate company today, and start a boycott.

Hoping for the best,

Alex Smith

Dear Editor,

You know what slavery is, right? It was abolished way back in 1865 and it’s still happening today through human trafficking! Human trafficking in the chocolate industry needs to stop. If you don’t know what it is, don’t worry. You will no longer be left in the dark.

Human trafficking is a subject that is very uncomfortable and that most Americans have never heard about. Basically, human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Every year two to four million people are trafficked, and most are kids. The traffickers, people who take the victims, trick the kids into leaving their families. They usually tell the kids that they’re going to work in a factory and make money for their family. They’re actually going to work on a plantation with no pay. Now that you know what human trafficking is, you can understand more about it.

There are some more things you need to know about human trafficking. The kids who are trafficked are either shoved on a bus or secretly transported. They end up working on a cocoa plantation for 18 hours a day. Most of the poor kids use machetes! The kids who use these possibly lethal tools are usually around twelve years old. I’m twelve years old and I’m not trusted with a machete; I don’t even trust myself with one.

Human trafficking doesn’t just happen because some man wants to take someone away from their family. There are actual reasons why it happens. Usually, the trafficker does it because he (or she) needs the money and is having a hard time finding a good job. In 54% of the cases the trafficker is a stranger, but sadly in 46% of the cases the victim knew the person who trafficked them. In some cases the victims own family sells them to the trafficker! Because of that horrendous experience, some kids are emotionally scarred for life. Even if we don’t want to, everyone promotes human trafficking. We do because we want, and buy, cheap products that are usually made by the victims of human trafficking. There are things we Americans can do to help.

Just because we don’t really know where human trafficking occurs doesn’t mean we can’t stop it. There are things everyone can do to help. First off, don’t always buy cheap things; [there is a higher chance] there may have been made using human trafficking. Secondly, you can buy products that are Fair Trade. Fair Trade products are goods that weren’t made using human trafcking. Lastly, if you happen to know about a case of human trafficking, which is very unlikely, report it. I know that buying Fair Trade costs a bit more, but either you lose some replaceable money or traumatized victims, mostly kids, lose their lives.

Sincerely,

Abby Preston


Mini relay for life is Friday

By HOLLY WHITEMAN
Contributing Writer

Georgetown College will be hosting a Mini Relay for Life tomorrow, April 8th from 6p.m. to 11p.m. The event will be held at Old Hinton Field which is the field next to the Bush Fitness Center. The goal is to raise $3000, all benefiting the American Cancer Society. There will be entertainment including a faculty band, “Notes from Underground,” a student band, “The Cabrew Montage” and a corn-hole tournament. Corn-hole competitors can play for $10 a team. Other activities include carnival games, inflatables, an obstacle course, face and hair painting, concession, and a bake sale.

George McGee, a professor in the theater department and also a cancer survivor, will also be speaking at the event. Luminaries can be purchased in honor or memory of a loved one affected by cancer for $2 and will light the path at dusk. Luminaries are available for purchase in The Store and in Pub Dup. Donations are also welcomed and appreciated. Contact Dustin Brown in Pub Dup or Holly Hardesty in The Store for information on donations. Hosts of the event include Ambassadors of Diversity, Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and Sigma Kappa sorority. The Georgetown College Mini Relay for Life will be an event of great excitement and joy for life while benefiting the American Cancer Society to fight cancer.


Connecting career with calling

By MATT ROSS
Contributing Writer

In an effort to connect students’ careers to their calling, the Georgetown College Graves Center is partnering with Common Ground on April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the John L. Hill Chapel. The workshop will be led by Dr. K. Shelette Stewart, who is the Principal and Founder of Stewart Consulting, which is a business consulting firm and leadership development program located in Dallas, Texas. All students are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Stewart will be sharing her experiences within the business world and how students can connect their different tools to become successful leaders within the world. She will also be talking about spiritual principles that will help students discern their own vocation and calling in life as they search for their careers.

Robin Fleischer, Director of the Graves Center for Calling and Career at Georgetown College, believes that the event will benefit students in this process of discovering their vocation. “It is critical that students pursue professions that are personally gratifying and spiritually edifying,” she said.

Dr. Stewart has over 20 years of experience in working within the business world of America. She has served in different leadership positions with companies such as Hostess Brands, The Coca- Cola Company and BellSouth Corporation. She decided to step away from her service within the business world and during her sabbatical wrote a book titled “Revelations in Business: Connecting Your Business Plans God’s Purpose and Plan for Your Life.” Stewart said, “I felt like I was not reaching all of my potential in the corporate world. I needed to reach out to others.” Soon after her publication, Stewart launched Stewart Consulting.

The Stewart Consulting company now operates by incorporating Stewart’s book and sharing the information with others through different workshops, presentations, seminars and consulting. The company hopes to connect business leaders to better performances within their companies so that all excel professionally and personally through the Revelations in Business Program. The program now serves a number of corporations including Fortune 500 companies, colleges, universities and different churches and ministries. The company ties spirituality with the goals of business endeavors in a hope that will bring vocation and calling into the business world.

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