Human trafficking – today’s slavery

Everybody talks about how bad slavery was in the 1400 -1800’s.

Slavery has been around for centuries. America slavery ended 152 years ago.

Why talk about the past?

Why not talk about the slavery that is still around known as human trafficking. Almost all of the world countries are involved whether it is the country of origin or the destination. It is the 3rd largest criminal activity in the world.

There are no demographic restrictions to human trafficking. It includes forced labor, domestic servitude and commercial sex trade. The average cost is $90 – 80 percent involve sex exploitation and 19 percent involves labor.

There are 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today and 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, with 80 percent women and children. Human trafficking generates $32 billion a year and out of that number $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries.

The average age for slavery is 13. There are more human slaves in the world today than ever before and 30,000 people die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect. Most human traffickers use a slave to catch more slaves send in broken-in girls to recruit younger victims.

Ways to help curb human trafficking are to report any strange behavior, learn indicators of human trafficking, be a conscientious and informed consumer, volunteer and support anti-trafficking efforts, organize a fundraiser, encourage schools to include modern day slavery material in their lessons, get a hold of your congressman and ask them what they are doing to stop human trafficking, be well informed, and work with a local religious leader to help stop human trafficking.

Chantel Ward

Williamsport

Submitted by Virtual Newsroom

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