I remember when I first read about modern slavery...I was spending some time flipping through a magazine waiting for my class to start, when I turned a page and read a headline about people trying to free slaves, TODAY. I was shocked! Didn't slavery end with the civil war? Why had I never heard about this before? What I read described children Africa being kidnapped, forced to work as slaves, and desperate parents trying to buy their children back.
But it wasn't until years later that I would learn how widespread slavery still is. While legal slavery in the US ended with emancipation, throughout the world and even in the US, slavery continues. I'm not talking about people paid too little, or "enslaved" by their circumstances, but REAL slavery, where people are forced to work or prostitute themselves and kept enslaved through fraud, coercion and threat of violence.
Every year for Hearts Should Be Free I update a short list of facts about slavery to share on the first giveaway post. I'll go further into detail on some of these aspects of slavery in some later HSBF giveaways, but here just a few brief facts to get you started:
10 Facts About Modern Slavery
- Millions of people are estimated to be in slavery today.
- Slave traffickers maintain control of their victims through various means, including violence, coercion and threats of harm to loved ones.
- The modern "slave trade" is commonly referred to as "human trafficking."
- Though slavery has been banned throughout the world, in many countries laws against slavery are not enforced, and in others they are inadequate (only covering certain types of slavery, or certain victims). At least nine nations have no legislation specifically criminalizing slavery.
- Sex trafficking accounts for 58% of all human trafficking. Forced labor makes up around 38%. Other forms of human trafficking include forced marriage and forced enlistment of child soldiers.
- Victims of forced labor have been found in nearly every job setting imaginable...including factories, restaurants, private homes, medical facilities, farms, and construction sites.
- 33% of trafficking victims identified worldwide are children.
- While poverty can leave people more vulnerable to enslavement, this is not just a third-word problem. Slavery is present even in developed nations like the United States.
- There are reported cases of modern slavery in every country of the world, except Greenland.
- We are closer to ending slavery than ever before. The number of people in slavery today is the smallest percentage of the global population enslaved in modern history. Some experts believe that slavery could be eradication within 30 years.
*Identified victims are victims of trafficking that have been in contact with an institution (such as the police, social services, shelters run by the state or by NGOs, etc.)
For more ideas on how to fight modern slavery, click here.
Bethany of Fret Knot Jewelry has graciously offered to give one of you one of her Arrow Bracelets, in the size and color of your choice. These beautiful bracelets also have a beautiful story, which you can read below. And they are doing something beautiful too---for each of these Bracelets sold on Etsy, $4 will be donated to help victims of human trafficking.
"This design came to life when I was asked to make something as a symbol of hope for two trafficked girls who had been rescued. Some friends made them each a handmade hope chest, and filled it with things that represented a fresh start, and of course, hope (including the first two arrow bracelets I ever mailed off). The teens have since gone on to speak out and be a voice about human trafficking in their home state and even across the country--truly inspirational to many others."
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