01 November 2010

Slavery: Abolished? For some.

While modern slavery may not be a reality you can see happening around you, it is reality for more people than the entire population of Australia or of Texas.

Reality for many includes constant fear, no choices and little hope.
We have choices. We can choose to be informed, to make others aware and to act in ways that stop modern day slavery. Or we can choose to ignore reality and continue down our safe streets and on with our privileged lives.
Are you offended by my attitude and comments?
Are you offended by the following statistics?

27 Million – Number of Victims of Trafficking.
50% Are Children
800,000 – Number of people who are trafficked across international borders every year.
80% of all transnational victims are women and girls.
70% of female victims are trafficked into the commercial sex industry.
30% of female victims are victims of forced labor.
32 Billion – Total Yearly Profits Generated by the Human Trafficking Industry.
$15.5 Billion – Yearly Profits Made in Industrialized Countries by the Human Trafficking Industry.
14,500 - 17,500 – Yearly Number of Foreign Nationals Trafficked into the U.S.
It is difficult to accurately estimate the number of victims of trafficking because of the illegal nature of the industry and because many victims just disappear.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that there are 12.3 million people
in forced labor, bonded labor, forced child labor, and sexual servitude at any given time;
other estimates range from 4 million to 27 million.

Sources: DOJ, HHS, DOS, DOL, DHS, and USAID. Assessment of U.S. Government Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons: June, 2004; ILO, A global alliance against forced labor: 2005; U.S. Department of Justice; and UNICEF.

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