27 Million Enslaved Around the World
I had a moment not too long ago where I stopped in my tracks, quite literally.
I was out to dinner with friends and the television set hanging in the corner of the restaurant caught my eye. A news ticker scrolled at the bottom of the screen and listed statistics released by the U.S. Department of State. The data compiled estimated the number of victims around the world who are forced into sex trafficking, bonded labor and domestic servitude.
There are more people enslaved today than at any other time in history, an estimated 27 million men, women and children around the world. Newborn babies, teenage girls, senior citizens – trafficking in persons affect every region, every country and every socioeconomic standing.
In a recent article, Andrew Lam of New American Media shines a spotlight on the horrors of modern-day slavery.
While I sit in the comfort of my own home and flip through the television stations, a 3 year old girl is being sold to an average of 30 men a night in Cambodia. I am frustrated to discover a long line at Starbuck’s while an elderly man, displaced by his family, begs for spare change in Zimbabwe. While I casually check facebook on my cell phone, a woman in India is burned by her mother-in-law for an unfulfilled dowry.
Let’s push aside the distractions of normal life and fight. Be a part of the movement. Speak for those with no voice.
May this be the decade of delivery, the season of freedom.