Though Abraham Lincoln ended slavery one hundred fifty years ago, the modern day tragedy of human trafficking continues. Up to 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States alone, despite laws in numerous states. It is estimated that agents of the sex trafficking business subject as many as 27 million people worldwide to this heinous crime that strips humans of their rights and dignity.
Why, you may ask? It is big money. The International Labor Organization reports the trafficking industry generates over 40 billion dollars.
People are often taken by deceptive means, led to believe that they are about to embark on a legitimate life of work. Instead they are forced into prostitution, forced labor and domestic servitude. This travesty affects men, women and children alike across the world.
We, as fellow human beings can help. We can encourage our lawmakers to continue to create laws that protect our citizens both here and abroad. We can support organizations that work to free and protect victims. Please consider your part today. Other lives depend on our willingness to stand in the gap for them.
Sources / Supporting Links / Works Cited: http://www.interpol.int/Crime-areas/Trafficking-in-human-beings/Types-of-human-trafficking
by Tamme Fawn Belles