Recently I started reading a book called STOP the traffic-people shouldn’t be bought & sold. One year ago I had never heard of human Trafficking and I think it would be safe to say not many other people know that it even exists. So what is human trafficking and where does it take place?
It is the sale, transport and profit from human beings who are forced to work for others. It is the modern equivalent of slavery. Against their will, millions of people around the world are forced to work for the profit of others, for example by begging, prostitution, involuntary servitude, working in sweatshops – even becoming child soldiers.
So this includes men, woman and children but woman and children are the ones who are mostly targeted. They are often promised well paid jobs, help for their families who are in desperate need or simply abducted and passed around.
– 8000,000 people are trafficked across borders each year
– Total profit from human trafficking(the industry roughly makes $32 billion a year) is second only to the trafficking of drugs
– It is estimated that two children per minute are trafficked for sexual exploitation
It’s hard to believe that a thing like human trafficking could even exist in our world today, especially when you read about the history of slavery and how dehumanising it was. It’s something I want to find out more about and still at the same time I would rather forget that I even know its happening.
As I continue to read the book and have conversations with people who know about this problem, I Find myself wanting to be part of the solution to see human trafficking stopped. With every page I turn I’m shocked, not just because this kind of slavery is around today, but because of how close to home it is. It’s an international problem, which means it’s everywhere.
What can one person do about a problem so big is a question I continue to ask myself? What will you do now that you know that human trafficking exists?
No one is free when others are oppressed. ~Author Unknown