So many of you may wonder why I post what I do Well, while my first thought of a blog was recipes, menu planning and such my world started to change as my children were growing. Our lives are so much more busy and come in contact with so many different things. The subject that I want to write about today is very scary and one that I pray about daily. I have friends who work to stop the practice of human trafficking and all to often there are individuals that come victims of this crime.
Human trafficking is the trade of humans. Most often it is for the purpose of sexual slavery or forced labor. Forced marriages, the extraction of human organs and tissues, and surrogacy are all examples of human trafficking. It occurs both within a country or trans-nationally Human trafficking is a crime and a violation of human rights. It is the trade in people, and does not involve the movement of the person from one place to another.
There are more slaves in the world today than there ever has been. The average age of slave is 12. The trade of human trafficking is growing as fast as that of the criminal drug world.
One group the A21 was started to fight back against modern day slavery. Volunteers work to prevent trafficking and to bring awareness and education to everyone. They offer those escaping from slavery shelter, legal advice and the opportunity to help them build a future. The sad facts are:
• More than 25% of worldwide sex trafficked victims are brought in from Southern and Eastern Europe
• 90% of victims trafficked into the European Union member states end up in the sex trade
• Only 1-2% of victims are currently rescued, and only one in 100,000 Europeans involved in trafficking is convicted
• If you would like to find out more about getting involved with The A21 Campaign please visit: www.thea21campaign.org