MODERN DAY SLAVERY
by Betsy Seeton
Hmmm.. actually, no amount of pondering helps much. 27,000,000 is simply one of those numbers that is unfathomable no matter how long you roll it around in your head. Just say that number out loud. Say 27,000,000. Twenty ... seven ... million. I can't even picture 27,000,000 of anything. It’s a number that’s hard to envision in any meaningful way. Add to that, the idea that half of those forced into the sex trade are children??! It’s beyond a head shaker and a mind blower. It leaves me utterly stunned. I suspect that's where some people give up trying to make a difference. Those are the people I want to reach the most.
The horrific reality is that 27,000,000 is the number of human beings who are at this very moment living lives as slaves. And I mean slave in every sense, in every horror of the definition, and every imaginable way and then some. These people (mostly women and children) have no choice about the way they live their lives. Not 'no choice' as in you have a crummy job you want to change and you wish your car was newer. I mean NO CHOICE and they're brutalized in countless ways all the time. Many have no choice over their own bodies. They have no say about who touches them or how. Many are repeatedly raped day in and day out. They are often beaten, starved, and in addition to the physical abuse, most are emotionally tormented. They do not have control over where they work, how long they work, or where they live or when or what they get to eat -- if they get to eat. READ MORE