Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. We often think of slavery as something that happened centuries ago. Yet human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry that takes away human freedom through manipulation and violence. When we think about these victims, often it’s of a woman or girl in a country like India being exploited for sex. Yet both adults and children around the world, including in the U.S., are forced by traffickers to live and work in shocking situations against their will.
It is estimated that there are 20.9 million people who are victims of human trafficking, according to The International Labour Organization. And around 55 percent of them are women and girls.
Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human traffickers generate hundreds of billions of dollars in profits by trapping millions of people in horrific situations around the world, including here in the U.S.
How can slavery still exist in the 21st century? How do these traffickers get away with this? And how do we recognize what’s going on in our own cities? You have a Right2Speak about this issue and taking action to help stop suffering and human traffickers.