After posting my blog entry about the Global Kids event on child sex slavery, I was corresponding with Global Kids staffer Barry Joseph ("GlobalKids Bixby" in-world). Barry and I agreed that it would be great if adult SL residents could benefit from the work that was done on the teen grid event. A few emails to the Lindens later, I was the proud owner of a virtual ball-and-chain, a "slavery still exists" wristband, and a balloon with "stop slavery" written on it.
What would be cool is if residents could wear these objects and then send pictures of themselves to the Polaris Project website "Slavery Still Exists," which collects image of people wearing tee-shirts bearing that slogan as an awareness-raising exercise.
Obviously, wearing a virtual wristband and a ball-and-chain doesn’t do anything to help a real kid get out of an unimaginable nightmare. Clicking on the ball does lead you to the website of the Polaris Project, where you can learn about the magnitude of the problem, what can be done to stop it, and how you can help. For example, I didn’t know that an estimated 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked annually in the United States alone!
That’s a good start, at least.
IM me ("Rik Riel") in-world if you would like one of these objects.