How To Help Fight Against Human Trafficking, Our Century’s Greatest Injustice
It is a daunting issue. It is a current issue. It is an issue that is not going away on its own. Human Trafficking affects millions of people and sadly, is hidden away in the dark corners of society, operating under the noses of most citizens, in every country of the globe. Even yours.
Here in the United States, legal slavery has been abolished, but a vast criminal network still exists. Globally, it’s one of the most successful criminal money making endeavors today. While the task to breakdown the business may seem nearly impossible, there are many ways to make a difference to end the global issue for good. First, here are a few things about the issue of Human Trafficking to understand what this all really means.
- Human Trafficking is the exploitation of human beings for profit
- Sex Trafficking and forced labor both fall under the banner of Human Trafficking
- An estimated 80% of Human Trafficking involves sexual exploitation
- Human Trafficking is the third largest criminal money making industry, after drug and arms trafficking, and it generates an estimated 150 billion dollars each year
- An estimated 80% of Human Trafficking victims are women and children
- There are 20 to 30 million slaves worldwide
Human Trafficking has many faces and many stories, all of them tragic and horrifying. Here is one example.
Sara grew up with an alcoholic and abusive father in India. When her mother decided to leave the abuse, she was told of a job available in Mumbai. She went to take that “job” and was sold into sexual slavery. This left Sara in an unstable family environment. Shortly thereafter, her father abandoned her and her grandmother grew ill and was unable to provide for her. Afraid she might have no option but enter the sex trade, either by force or by not having another way to provide for herself, she approached the people at Sudara.org in India. They were able to give her training for sewing, giving her a viable option for a trade. She was able to escape the traffickers but millions of others are not so lucky.
Most of these people suffer in silence. They have faces, names and rights. They are daughters and mothers, and siblings and children. They are human beings and they are sold and used like consumer goods.
In the face of this overwhelming problem, there are sparks of hope. People are taking notice, speaking up, and fighting this injustice! A difference is being made and the tide can be turned.
And, YOU, can be a part of it. Here are some ways you can help:
You can make a difference. There is hope. Take time this year to delve a little deeper into this issue and join the fight to abolish slavery in this century.
FROM THE EDITOR
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