Fact: Slavery still exists.
And it’s called human trafficking!
Did you know that there are more people in slavery today than there were at the height of the transatlantic slave trade?
That’s more than 12 million people worldwide being exploited by forced labor and sexual exploitation.
Haven’t seen it?
Well…maybe it’s because we haven’t been paying close enough attention.
It’s estimated that 100,000 American minors are in the commercial sex trade in the United States.
Not only that, but the 24/7 National Human Trafficking Hotline (1.888.3737.888) operating in Washington DC has received more than 25,000 calls related to human trafficking since 2007.
Think this is just another issue and it doesn’t pertain to you?
Even if you’re not a victim or a ‘john’ purchasing sex, you purchase a lot of other products. They may not be people, but they were made with slave labor.
So what can you do?
Here are a few things to get started:
1. Get some chalk and some friends, and go into your community and scrawl these statistics on a sidewalk. It’s cheap, it’s easy and it’s effective.
2. Start considering Fair Trade products when you buy. We need to stop demanding slave-made goods. Learn more about your slavery footprint!
3. Join the Red Thread Movement!