Human trafficking – includes recruiting, transporting and harboring people by using means such as coercion, threats and force for exploitation. (UNODC)
I thought I would give a little bit more information and some numbers on human trafficking. I know that numbers can seem daunting BUT it can also give us a perspective and idea of how big a problem really is. I don’t want to overwhelm me I do want to stress how important abolishing human trafficking is though. So lets look at some facts/numbers I got from UNODC:
- There are about 2.4 million people around the world who are forced into labor
- Women are 2/3 of the reported victims
- Sexual exploitation is the largest form of human trafficking (79%)
- Estimated value of illicit human trafficking is about 32 billion US dollars
When I read these facts my heart breaks. It saddens me that there are people who are being degraded and treated as OBJECTS for money. Thinking about the men and women who are sold for money at a much cheaper rate than iPads and iPhones and other material items I feel ashamed.
So what is the point? Why even bother doing anything? I mean it is such a big issue what can I even do? How can I help? These are all questions I had when I first learned about human trafficking.
“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them” — Denis Waitley
I accept the responsibility to change the statistics. I challenge you to do the same as well. To be #partofthesolution
***I will talk more about what we can do as a community and individually to end human trafficking next week. Until then though keep/start praying and don’t give in into hopelessness.
Love, B. 🙂