Freedom is the morning dew that washes yesterday’s dust off of a flower every morning so it can breathe the fresh crisp air. Without it the flower can still manage to survive but its vibrant colors are tarred, its delicate pedals are blemished and its neck that used to rise up to the sun, is bowing to dirt.
Human trafficking is the modern version of slavery, the deepest scar on the face of humanity. According to the International Labor Organization report an estimated 21 million people are forced into jobs that they cannot leave. They are either being compensated unjustly or in many cases not at all. Of these, 4.5 million are victims of sexual exploitation.
According to FBI, this problem is widespread in the US and they have taken initiatives to deal with it. But there is so much more to be done.
Human trafficking is taboo. People don’t like to think that crimes this primitive and heinous are being committed in their neighborhoods. We like to think that our problems have evolved with us. It is easier to get people’s attention for help with HIV crisis or child hunger because we like to think slavery is abolished. The taboo nature of this problem makes it more challenging to deal with.