Are you like me? Have you ever thought, "If I'd been around in the olden days, there would have been no slavery. I would have abolished it single handedly." I've actually thought that. More than once. Ouch.
Did you know that more people are in slavery today than there ever were in the "olden days"?
"It is estimated that there are over 27 million enslaved persons worldwide, more than double the number of those who were deported in the 400-year history of the transatlantic slave trade to the Americas." "Slavery in the Twenty-First Century" by Howard Dodson; UN Chronicle Online Edition
Just what are we talking about here?
People are snared into trafficking by many means. In some cases, physical force is used. In other cases, false promises are made regarding job opportunities or marriages in foreign countries to entrap victims.
Human trafficking is a multi-dimensional threat. It deprives people of their human rights and freedoms, it is a global health risk, and it fuels the growth of organized crime.
Human trafficking has a devastating impact on individual victims, who often suffer physical and emotional abuse, rape, threats against self and family, passport theft, and even death. But the impact of human trafficking goes beyond individual victims; it undermines the health, safety and security of all nations it touches."
Quoted from Fact Sheet
What can be done?
Get curious. Ask questions. Do research. Give. Pray.