- More than 27 million live as slaves in 21st Century? That is more than at any other time in human history!
- There are more slaves today than were seized from Africa in four centuries of slave trade.
- At least 14,500 slaves are trafficked into the US each year, with many predicting tens of thousands more than that.
- Slaves go for as little as $5 in India and you can secure one for a mere $3,000 in the U.S.
Don't think that slaves are not in our midst, as this story in the NY Times shows:
Americans tend to associate “modern slavery” with illiterate girls in India or Cambodia. Yet there I was the other day, interviewing a college graduate who says she spent three years terrorized by pimps in a brothel in Midtown Manhattan.Pray and work to end slavery. What can you do?
Those who think that commercial sex in this country is invariably voluntary — and especially men who pay for sex — should listen to her story. The men buying her services all mistakenly assumed that she was working of her own volition, she says.
Yumi Li (a nickname) grew up in a Korean area of northeastern China. After university, she became an accountant, but, restless and ambitious, she yearned to go abroad.
So she accepted an offer from a female jobs agent to be smuggled to New York and take up a job using her accounting skills and paying $5,000 a month. Yumi’s relatives had to sign documents pledging their homes as collateral if she did not pay back the $50,000 smugglers’ fee from her earnings.
Yumi set off for America with a fake South Korean passport. On arrival in New York, however, Yumi was ordered to work in a brothel.
“When they first mentioned prostitution, I thought I would go crazy,” Yumi told me. “I was thinking, ‘how can this happen to someone like me who is college-educated?’ ” Her voice trailed off, and she added: “I wanted to die.” Continue Reading.
- Talk to your political representatives about the issue.
- Donate to reputable charities and support reputable NGOs fighting human trafficking.
- Educate yourself about the issue.
- Help raise awareness by talking about it.
- Report any suspected abuse of children or adults.
- Don't buy materials made in sweat shops.