May 13th, 2011
10:02 AM ET

Children take a stand to end slavery

When Illinois lawyer and mother Karen Riley Gilles saw a promo for The Freedom Project on CNN this spring, she saw a learning opportunity for the children in her mothers' group. She felt it was important for them to understand that oppression continues against kids who look just like them in other parts of the world.

The boys and girls she talked to in her west suburban Chicago chapter of Jack and Jill of America, a national mothers’ organization, may have been young - 4, 5 and 7 - but they were old enough to have heard the word "slavery."

"'I asked them if they knew the definition of slavery and it was no surprise that the first little girl to answer identified it as concerning the American slavery system of the 19th century," Gilles said. "I took several comments and added more definition before telling them that there are children today all over the world that are enslaved without any of the freedoms we enjoy."

"My next question was, 'Do you want to take a stand and help?' They all said 'Yes.'"

They took the iReport + GOOD challenge to take a stand to end slavery. Have you?

If you're a parent or educator interested in talking to children about modern-day slavery and the CNN Freedom Project, check out these questions and learning activities to help children understand the crisis and steps that can be taken to end it.

soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. kaeto udeh

    I too have take a stand to end the slavery

    May 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • joelle esther benyayer

      impossible today again the slavery well my name ben yair was by origin the first to fight against slavery the ancestra of my daddy use to said better to die in free country and give our children in slavery how the human can do that in age of innocense so unbelievable for me dont get any children but for sure all the chiildren in the word need cares security and love joelle esther benyayer

      May 17, 2011 at 9:52 am | Reply
  2. Kunta Kinte

    I think the children have a point here.

    May 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  3. Kunta Kinte

    But in the meantime, buy more Ipods and Ipads.

    May 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  4. Medya commentator

    Will CNN give money to the poor parents so that they will not sell(adopt to others in honest way without letting their children call the persons who adopt them as parents) their children bec. they could not feed them?

    May 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  5. Aimee chris

    Children have the right to be free from slavery to make a better world.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:05 am | Reply
  6. Brjan(ba-yan) Cuigimo(to~u-ge~i-mo)

    I think CNN can help this 5 people I know whose going to sell their children as well as themselves for slavery bec. it's hard for them to find money for food and shelter. They just need $2,500 a month. Some of them already sold or give a child for the reason they could not feed them as well as shelter them. If you want some donation send to my friend Levi Cardenas of Ozamiz City, Philippines through Kwarta Padala with link to Moneygram and let me know through my email, Thank you.

    May 18, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  7. poli tics

    if you want to stop slavery, start arresting the Saudis. They are the biggest slave owners. The very word
    for slave, abed, is used to denote blacks. That is what Ayman Zawahiri referred to Obam as, abdel-beit, house slave.

    May 18, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  8. Medya

    Some slavery saves life bec. if the children were not sold they will die in hunger bec. their parents could not afford to feed them. It saves fornication too. In buying human beings is not like buying livestocks that you have the right to cut their body parts or kill them. God design this inorder their children will sold immediately so that will be save death due to hunger.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:50 am | Reply
  9. Medya

    In , that was said in 1 Timothy 2:12 and Exo.21:7 and god justify for a child to get married if the child or the partner can afford it just to avoid fornication bec. some were matured in their early age like Lina Media pregnated when she was 5 years old and Bobby Fischer beat men in chess and become rich in his early age.
    The price is right bec. the food and shelter for her are for the buyers expense. That's better than parents leave their child in the street bec. they couldn't afford it. That's not Islam to kill her without reason. I think they should have licence midwife to help her to insure it's safety. If you think you can care the child better than the buyer then buy her.
    Moses law was also design to remember not to do the things that Adam and Eve did which they fall from paradise to tribulation.
    Rich people usually in Saudi, America, and others will not do that but poor people like in Afghanistan, India, and others usually sell their children bec. they could not feed them.

    What the CNN can do about this is either to buy slaves and set them free, give money to parents in order they will not sell their children bec. they could not afford to feed them,give money to the parents who already sold their children in order they can redeem them by giving back the money to the buyers if the children were not yet married to the buyer, or adopt them in honest way not to let them call them as parents as what Jesus said Matt. 23:9.

    They don't like to buy male slaves bec. according to Exo. 21 that they will be free after 6 years.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:53 am | Reply
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    May 20, 2011 at 2:12 am | Reply
  11. S. Fezer

    As a single parent in US it appalls me to think these selling of children continue to go on as they have for as long as time itself. Of all the money we give to other countries why is there no money put to help these parents so they can hold on to their children instead it comes down to politics & politicians with none going to the people who need food, shelter etc and the real help to keep families together without starving to do so and free birth control pills/shots to help eleviate problem from beginning. when pope visited some countries in africa and and said how against god and religion to use b.control I was outraged he had too have had blinders and earplugs in, absulutly irresponsible to these people who can't support & are selling chidren have to not take care of having more.

    May 21, 2011 at 7:37 am | Reply
  12. Ukpeh Edidiong Emmanuel

    I join in the fight to stop child trafficking especially in Africa, i will do my best to avoid this act in my community, in Nigeria and in the world beyond.

    May 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  13. Brjan(ba-yan} Cuigimo(to~u-e~i-ge~i-mo)

    I think the 5 people I know are better although they sell their children as well as themselves but with conditions.

    May 22, 2011 at 1:19 am | Reply
  14. Brjan(ba-yan} Cuigimo(to~u-e~i-ge~i-mo)

    I hope they will be accepted even they have many conditions.

    May 22, 2011 at 8:18 am | Reply
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