Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Modern Slave Trade

I read an article today that shocked me.
Horrified me.
Struck me completely unable to speak...

Did you know that in the U.S.A. the low-end estimate of people trafficked into the country as slaves every year is 14,500?
Did you know that in the U.S.A. there are more than 43,000 slaves at any given time?
That only about 2 percent of those slaves are rescued? And that the U.S. has one of the best records in the world for rescuing slaves? only 2 percent & we're the best at it...

In his interview, Skinner says that the average citizen can do something about slavery and the low rate of rescue: "Victims get out of these situations when individuals say, 'Something is wrong here.' So be aware of your neighborhood. Make sure elected officials put modern-day abolition on the American foreign policy agenda. Get involved with groups like Free the Slaves ("

I don't want to be a member of a country that accepts slavery as 'life as it is'...

This information comes out of an interview with E. Benjamin Skinner, the author of A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery, published by Free Press

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