Modern Day Slavery
What comes to mind when you hear the word “slavery”? High school history class? The trans-Atlantic slave trade? How about this:
“ …he had me by the throat, then he dragged me up the stairs and had me almost all the way over the edge of the balcony and almost threw me off it. Then he pulled out his gun and pointed it on my leg, and said he would blow my leg off the next time. Then he had me give him oral sex and he raped me anally. I had never done that before… I passed out… woke up in the bathtub and I could barely stand up. But he made sure I had some crack on the counter… After that, I couldn’t leave. I had to do whatever he said. The word ‘no’ wasn’t part of my vocabulary. Saying ‘no’ was like telling him to beat my ass or slap me or rape me. There was no, ‘No.’”
“The above story didn’t take place in Thailand, or Vietnam. Laura Smith’s story took place in Columbus. The trafficking, control, and sale of people for sex is happening right here; as you read these words, women within a few miles of you are trapped.” (Kae Denino)
There are more people enslaved in the world today than ever before. "Worldwide, the State Department estimated there are 12.3 million adults and children in modern-day slavery – including forced labor, bonded labor and forced prostitution," Inter Press Service reports. The problem is both foreign and domestic, and has no regard for age, race, gender or socioeconomic status. Human trafficking, also known as modern day slavery, is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world.
Human trafficking can be overwhelming to think about, but you are in the right place. Start by educating yourself and let lost & found make that process easier. Check out our Slavery Blog that has updates on human trafficking news, or Other Abolitionists page that offers more ways to be part of the anti trafficking movement. You can also contact lost & found for live trainings or introductory human trafficking information.
Denino, Kae. "Breaking the Chains, Combating human slavery, right here in the capital city." (614) Magazine. 1 Oct. 2009.
Berger, Matthew O. “Human Trafficking Still Widespread, U.S. Included.” Inter Press Service. 14 Jun. 2010.