Issue 51 • Week of January 8, 2023
Every new year resurfaces a chance to resolve longstanding concerns – especially persistent issues we thought were already addressed that still require our attention.
Ask Americans about slavery and most will say it is a relic of the past with the possible exception of blood diamonds or chocolate, but it is a reality for a staggering 50 million people around the world.
Sadly, despite our society's best attempts thus far, "the land of the free" is one of the key enablers of the fastest-growing criminal enterprise now estimated at $150 billion. Raising awareness about the plight of victims will help us prioritize their safety. Until then, wearing blue on January 11 was likely a coincidence for most citizens rather than intentionally promoting National Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
The US imports by far the most goods produced as a result of forced and child labor. America is the world's largest consumer of sex that contributes to a global black market of human trafficking. We routinely fail thousands of people – many of them minors – who are forced into marriages under threat of violence.
Where do these crimes still happen and how can we help those affected?
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