Global and Local Human Trafficking

So, we’ve been talking about modern day slavery in my 7th grade History class. I may be a Radiohead poser, but I really and truly loved In Rainbows. Remember the song “All I need?” Check out the video that parallels a young American boy and a young boy in Southeast Asia forced into labor.

All I Need

Although child labor is certainly a huge issue in the world, my eyes have been opened recently to another form of slavery; sex trafficking in THIS city and state. Yesterday, we had two staffers from StreetGrace Ministries come talk to us about trafficking in Georgia. I was shocked to learn more about how trafficking could affect my students.

Did you know…

human trafficking is the exploitation by force, fraud or coercion of vulnerable people for forced labor, domestic servitude, or commercial sex operations

400 people (mostly girls) are trafficked (bought and sold) in GEORGIA every year?

the average age for sex trafficking is 12-14?

the #1 way to get out of the trafficking industry is death…the average lifespan for someone in this industry is 31.

Atlanta is a “hub” for this industry. With a huge airport, crime, drugs, and the adult entertainment industry, our city has created the “perfect storm” for child prostitution.

Here’s more information on child prostitution in Atlanta

I’m so proud of the way this issue has touched my students. We plan on taking action.

A Decade of Music

PASTE magazine recently released lists of the “best” (music, books, film, games) of the decade. As the decade rapidly comes to a close, I thought I would list my own…some are the same, but many are different.

Here’s my criteria:

1.  It had to be an album that I enjoyed in the truest form–not just one or two great songs.

2. It had to have been stuck in my “CD changer” for an extended period of time

3. I often go back to it, and I never get sick of it.

4. Something that I PERSONALLY really enjoy, not just something that I think I am supposed to like.

MOXIE’S BEST ALBUMS OF 2000-2010 (in no particular order…)

10. Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker (2000)

9. Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)

8. Patty Griffin: Impossible Dream (2004)

7. eastmountainsouth: self-titled (2003)

6. Caroline Herring: Lantana (2008)

5. Andrew Bird: The Mysterious Production of Eggs (2005)

4. Sufjan Stevens: Come on Feel the Illinoise (2005)

3. Indigo Girls: Despite Our Differences (2006)

2. Dave Matthews Band: Lillywhite Sessions (2000)

1. Iron and Wine: Our Endless Numbered Days (2004)

ALSO RAN

Wilco: Sky Blue Sky

David Gray: White Ladder

Justin Timberlake: FutureSexLove Sounds

Radiohead: In Rainbows