Friday, January 11, 2013

Shine a Light on Slavery


Today, I want to take a break from weight loss, recipes, and more to shine a light on SLAVERY!

Last year, after we returned from Passion 2012, I shared with you a blog post, "Learning About the 27 Million". If you don't know what I am talking about go click the link to learn more yourself. Unfortunately, I have not been faithful to share about what God taught at Passion 2012. However, today is the perfect day to renew my committment to get the word out about slavery, because it is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

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{The Facts}

Slavery is wrong. 

You know it. We know it. As a country, we've officially known it since 1863. But here's something you might not know -- Slavery still exists. 

 There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will.

We want every man, woman and child to know that there are 27 million men, women and children, just like them, living in the shadows. In brothels. In factories. In Quarries. Working as slaves. In 161 countries. Including our own. We are here to shine a light on slavery. No more bondage. No more sex trafficking. No more child laborers. No more, starting now.

When you think about slavery, if you think about slavery, you probably associate it with the sex trade. And for a good reason. 8 of 10 human trafficking cases worldwide involve the sex industry in one way or another. The others involve labor trafficking, people being made to work in sub-human conditions in factories and farms and shadow businesses worldwide.

The slavery "industry" rakes in $32,000,000,000 each year. $32 billion. That's an underground network whose annual revenue is greater than that of Google.
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The information that I shared with you came from two awesome websites! Please check them out for more details about slavery and/or to join the movement yourself! Once you have finished reading this blog post, be sure to share with others about what you have learned today!!

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