Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. Unfortunately, this prose sounds deceptively simple and dry – and far away from us.
These are people, not just bland statistics.
An estimated 30 million men, women and children are held as slaves and used for commercial sex or forced labor around the world today.
1.2 million children are trafficked each year. 8 out of 10 will be sexually abused.
Almost 1 million men, women and children are illegally moved across international borders each year. Approximately 80 per cent are women and girls. Up to 50% are minors.
Do the large numbers make it seem less personal? Picture just one person you might know – one friend, one family member, one child from your community. Each among those millions is one real person - a friend or family member to someone.
One person cannot stop this. Several people working together might be a nuisance factor. Working together with others in the fight, and in the power of our God, we can stop human trafficking.
Mandate is one of many organizations in this fight. Our part centers around the Prevent Human Trafficking initiative in South Asia. Click here to learn more about Mandate’s part in the fight.