Did you know that according to the UN, over 27 million people are enslaved in various forms of sexual and labor exploitation, more than at the height of the (historic) trans-Atlantic slave trade? (Salvation Army's Anti-Trafficking Network).
Did you know that over 100,000 eastern European women are coerced into prostitution or labor or forced marriages?
Did you know that destination countries of trafficked persons includes Belgium, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey and the United States (UNODC, 2006)?
Did you know that the countries girls are most trafficked from are Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Albania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, China, Thailand and Nigeria?
It is impossible to imagine the fear, pain, broken dreams, emotional and physical damage done by human trafficking as helpless individuals are forced against their will into a life of prostitution, misery, and enslavement. We celebrate the abolition of slavery yet there are more modern day slaves being trafficked today than at the height of the trans Atlantic slave trade.
There is a good chance that there are modern day slaves in a city near you, or in which you live!
To learn more, check out these resources:
Salvation Army Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking
International Justice Mission
Faith Alliance against Slavery and Trafficking
The Evangelical Covenant Church
C.H.A.S.T.E. Churches Alert to Sex Trafficking in Europe
United Nations "Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking"
U.S. State Department "Trafficking in Persons Report (by year)
(With thanks to ReachGlobal staff member Sarah Bennetch)