When I first saw the movie Human Trafficking on Lifetime, I thought to myself this can’t be really happening, there is no way people is this cruel, but I was totally wrong.I was amazed the slavery still exist around the world ,even here in the United States. It could be happening next door to you. That is why I signed up for the Red Sand Project. I want my friends, family and strangers to know that I am fighting against human trafficking by placing this Red Sand outside to show my support.
Today, 36 million people lives as slaves. Overlooked populations-Refugees, immigrants,girls, and others-are most at risk of being enslaved, spending their lives being exploited for the profit of others. We can’t merely walk over the most marganilized people in our communities-those who fall through the metaphoric cracks.
Addressing modern day slavery requires addressing vulnerabilities that make people susceptible to being enslaved, vulnerabilities like poverty and the lack of education. Filling sidewalk cracks with sand keeps us mindful of the vulnerable populations around us and provides us with a tangible example of our potential impact.
36 million people are enslaved worldwide.
The U.S. has 60,000 victims in slavery today.
The U.S. ranks 145th out of 167 countries for slavery prevalence.
India has the largest number of people in slavery.
55% of slavery victims today are women and girls.
Slavery generates $150 billion for traffickers each year.
26% of slaves today are children under age 18.
22% of slavery victims today are in sex slavery.
78% of slavery victims today are in labor slavery.
Slaveholders use many terms to avoid the word “slavery” such as debt bondage , bonded labor, attached labor, forced labor, indentured servitude and human trafficking.
Human trafficking has a specific legal definition based on the laws of countries or states or the conventions of international organizations, and those official definitiotions differ slightly from place to place. For example, under US law , anyone under 18 who is in prostitution is considered a trafficking victim.
Globally 36 million people are enslaved . They are forced to work without pay, under the threat of violence, and they’re unable to walk away without pay , under threat of violence , and they’re unable to walk away. You can find them in brothels , factories, mines, farm fields, restaurants, construction sites and private homes.
Many slaves have been tricked by traffickers who lure vulnerable people with false promises of good jobs or education. Some slaves are marched to work at gunpoint. Others are trapped by phony debts from Unscrupulous moneylenders. Slavery is not legal anywhere, but it happens nearly everywhere.
Use social media to inform others about slavery and take action.
If you suspect someone is in slavery and needs help call the National Trafficking Center Hotline 1-800-373-7888.
Contact your U.S. Senators and Representatives and tell them to increase funding for the Trafficking in Persons Office of the U.S. State Department, to fight slavery where it lives.
Businesses just clean up their supply chains and consumers must demand slavery-free products , governments and international institutions must toughen enforcement and fund anti-slavery work worldwide, activists and advocates must educate the vulnerable about their rights and empower those in slavery to take a stand for freedom.
And you must take a stand, too. Participate.
Information sourced from free the Slaves freetheslaves.net and Walk Free’s Global Slavery Index globalslaveryindex.org
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