The Face of 21st Century Slavery

Ever wonder what 21st century slaves look like?

Women.  And teenage girls.  And very little girls.  Not all of them, of course.  But of  the 35 million slaves today, more than 80% are female.Ever wonder what 21st century slaves look like?

Yet even after the well-documented horrors of Boko Haram, the Nigerian fanatics who have kidnapped countless girls and sold them into slavery… even after all the press  the sex trade in Asia and around the world has received…  even after all that has been written about sex trafficking in our own country…  even after all that, people still shake their heads and insist it can’t be true.  No, they say, not today.  Not in 2015!

And yet…

  •  It is estimated that between 20 to 30 million people live as slaves today.
  • Slavery is not limited to just one country, or one part of the world. According to the U.S. State Department, slaves can be found in 161 different countries–including the United States.
  • Slavery is against the law in every country of the world. So, instead of calling it slavery, it is often called bonded labor, forced labor, or sex trafficking.
  • Children are a large part of 21st century slavery.  According to the U.S. State Department, every year one million children are exploited by the world-wide sex trade.  Some 400,000 are sold across international borders each year.

January is National Slavery and HumanTrafficking Prevention Month.  It’s a perfect time to increase your own awareness.  And that’s the beginning of finding a solution.  For once we know, how can we help but ask, “What can I do to help?”

May 2015 be the year of global abolition!

“See!  I will not forget you… I have carvedyou on the palm of my hand.”


Isaiah 49:15


About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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3 Responses to The Face of 21st Century Slavery

  1. Kay, this post reminded me to tell you about a book that you might be interested in reading–Miracle on Voodoo Mountain by Megan Boudreaux. It’s the true story of a 24-year-old woman who felt God call her to move to Haiti, where she immediately started feeding, educating, and in a few cases rescuing children that were being used as slaves. She still lives there and oversees the school that she opened. It’s an incredible story!

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