Monday, December 28, 2009

Slavery - Does it really exist?

Many of us live with our heads in the sand. Come on, admit it. I, myself, have lived this way. There are just certain things in this world that we are more comfortable ignoring, turning away from, pretending it doesn't exist.

But it does.

And we can ignore it no longer. It's time for those of us who have lived with blind eyes to open them up and see what's around us. According to, more than 17,500 people, mostly women and children, are trafficked in the United States each year. That rounds out to about 48 people a day!

Slavery has many forms. Men, women, and children (some as young as five) are trafficked for the purpose of domestic service, construction work, sweatshops, and commericial sexual exploitation.

There are many anti-slavery organizations out there and many countries committed to combatting this evil but awareness and funds are still necessary to fight these criminals and abolish slavery. And make no mistake...if you think slavery was abolished after the Civil War, you are sadly uninformed - as I was!

Slavery is in your town. Atlanta, New York, L.A., Kansas City. According to the article "Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation in New York", June 22, 2009 by Patrick Arden, slaves may even live next door to you.

It's real.

It exists.

Let's help put a stop to this unimaginable crime!