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!
- 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.”