Understanding Human Trafficking
According to the State of California Department of Justice ( Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. It involves controlling a person through force, fraud, or coercion to exploit the victim for forced labor, sexual exploitation, or both. Human trafficking strips victims of their freedom and violates our nation’s promise that every person in the United States is guaranteed basic human rights.
Upon signing the emancipation proclamation in 1863, the then President of The United States of America Abraham Lincoln said "I never in my life felt more certain that I was doing right, than I do in signing this paper." Over 150 years later, the crime of slavery has continued to thrive even more shifting into a more shadowy form of human trafficking. Most of us don't really understand the current depth of slavery and on how it has evolved through the changing times and technologies.
The International Labour Organization's facts and figures (http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/forced-labour/lang--en/index.htm) estimates the total number of slavery to be 21 million of whom 11.4 millions are women and girls, 9.5 millions men and boys. It further breaks the figures to 19 million of all those in slavery are being exploited by private individuals and enterprises and the remaining 2 million by the State and rebel groups.
The victims of this crime in the U.S. are men and women, adults and children, and foreign nationals and U.S. citizens. As defined by U.S. law, victims of human trafficking can be divided into three populations:
Children under the age of 18 induced into commercial sex
Adults (age 18 or over) induced into commercial sex through force, fraud, or coercion
Children and adults induced to perform labor or services through force, fraud, or coercion.
When you examine this crime of Human Trafficking estimated to be making over $150 billions in illegal profits per year, you realize that each one of us is directly or indirectly affected. We are either funding or defunding it based on our lifestyle. It is therefore very important you get to know your position on this by conducting a survey (http://slaveryfootprint.org/)
It's also good to say that the time is up for us the adults to teach our children the values that will guide them so that as they grow, they can make informed choices for their lives. If we don't take our rightful positions in our families, our children will get choked by the societal teachings and therefore they will easily be misled and end up living a wasteful life.