Modern Day Slavery

Whether we like it or not, the slavery has been part of the human existence since the very beginning the society started shaping up. Since that time, our species has come a long way and a lot has been done to abolish the slavery in the form that we all knew existed for centuries.

However, at this very moment I feel that we are at the crossroads. There are estimated 27 million people kept in slavery as I write these words. And these are merely official statistics. And these are daunting:

– 1,2 million children are trafficked every year

– Human trafficking, that in reality equals slavery, is the 2nd largest source of illegal income worldwide

– 600,000 – 800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80% are female and up to 50% are minors.

There are various kinds of slavery: sex slavery, forced labor, forced marriage, child’s marriage. One thing in common is that the victims are treated as a property. However, human being is not a property and no one has the right to buy or sell one as they please.

As I mentioned above, in recent years, human trafficking has become extremely profitable. This “business” (as some statistics show) brings annually a profit of $32 billion. Some illegal groups even switch their cargo from drugs to human beings. So why would the traffickers like to give up such a big profit? Those people have no remorse, no moral consciousness; they are not in fear of a hell or God.

So, if the traffickers aren’t giving up, actually quite the opposite as they are increasing their operations, we, the society, need to make a stand and say ‘NO, YOU DO NOT HAVE SOCIAL CONSENT TO SELL OTHER PEOPLE AS YOUR OWN PROPERTY.

By standing up to the traffickers we are giving the voice to the voiceless. All people are in one way or another connected to each other (social media are a perfect example of that) and if there are 27 million trafficking victims, don’t be deluded. It does affect YOU more than you can imagine. It’s the right time to STAND UP and SAY ‘NO’.

Below I’m providing a few links to various organizations, to make it easier for you to take the first step.

Please HELP

http://www.iiea.com/events/policy-dilemmas-in-preventing-trafficking-in-human-beings-for-labour-exploitation?gclid=CJ-d2vW_7bcCFQ3KtAodGlgABA

http://www.soca.gov.uk/about-soca/about-the-ukhtc/national-referral-mechanism/statistics

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights/human_trafficking

http://www.sctnow.org/contentpages.aspx?parentnavigationid=5827&viewcontentpageguid=29d295d1-5818-4e7a-bde1-f61690fa44a8

http://www.stopthetraffik.org/

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