Slavery still exists…right now…today. In fact, there are more people enslaved today than any other time in history.
Although globally outlawed, slavery is still present in more than 80% of the 195 countries that make up our world today…including our own schools, neighborhoods and communities in the US.
According to the Global Slavery Index more than 40 million people are trapped, trafficked, exploited and enslaved around the world. Of those, 55% are women and girls and 1 in 5 is a child under 18 years old.
These numbers are sad and staggering but, truth be told, one person existing in a situation like this today is one too many. Through awareness, prevention, rescue and restoration, there are good people doing the good work to make modern day slavery a thing of the past. This week, we are learning about the important work they are doing and raising our voices for freedom. Your awareness can help save lives, here are some simple ways to spot the signs.
To request help or report suspected human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Or text HELP to: BeFree (233733).
Join us Thursday, February 22nd as we Shine A Light On Slavery.