Human trafficking was, until recently, the biggest non-conversation we had. Domestic abuse and homelessness are easier stories for the media to tell. Human trafficking? Not so simple.
It’s modern-day slavery manifested into forced labor, with prostitution, immigration, child abuse, smuggling, drugs, money laundering and organized crime all thrown together. All 50 states have reported incidents, and Florida is one of the top three destination points for trafficking worldwide. More than 20 million people are trafficked across the world with almost a quarter of them enslaved for sex.
This discussion is becoming broader. However, we can tend to be outraged one minute, apathetic the next. We jump on bandwagons because it’s cool to be part of a trendy subject. But this is not merely a hot topic. It’s human beings entangled in daily horror.
Talk about it. Your voice, added to others, helps bring human trafficking out of the shadows and into the light. The conversation will save lives. It will give voice to the voiceless and our collective persistence will bring freedom — one life at a time.
Learn more at Dan Beckmann’s Orlando Sentinel article: Ugliness of human trafficking is coming out of the shadows.