The first line is “There are now more slaves on the planet than at any time in human history.” It makes you wonder how something like this could be happening in our world today. Isn’t slavery illegal in every country? The answer is yes. But through lack of access to education and the desperation that poverty so often brings, modern day slavery is prospering. This article looks at mostly slave labor but also at people trafficked for sex. I think that it is key to know about the labor side of human trafficking because many times what begins as trafficked labored can turn in to a situation of sex trafficking. The article talks about purchasing a person in Haiti for $50. The seller asks him straight forward if he just wants someone to clean or if he would also like someone who could be a “partner.” The trafficker says he can get girls that are 11, 12, and 13.
It seems like we’ve come so far from the times of slavery. But the proof is undeniable that slavery still exists today and at such a scale as the world has never seen. Read the article. Think about it.