There are an Estimated 35.8 Million Men, Women and Children Trapped in Modern Slavery 1
Slavery is a Global, Modern Day Problem
"No one shall be held in slavery or servitude;
slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms."
~United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Article 4
Our vision is to eradicate all forms of modern day slavery worldwide. Whether it’s in the form of adult or child sex slavery, slave labor, or debt bondage.
There are an Estimated 35.8 Million Men, Women and Children Trapped in Modern Slavery. 1
Our mission is to uphold and instill in others the inalienable rights guaranteed by the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, focusing on Article 4 that states:
“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.”
With knowledge comes power. We are here to spread awareness and to form strategic partnerships with other like-minded organizations so that together we can tackle the many facets of this issue and bring an end to modern day slavery in all it’s forms.
Did you know...
At least 100,000 to 300,000 youth are at risk for commercial sexual exploitation annually in the US.
There's no such thing as a child prostitute.
"Every day, children all across the United States are bought and sold for sex. More than half of these children are girls and many, if not, most of them come from the foster care system. Despite not even being old enough to consent to sex - and despite the existence of federal law that defines them as victims of human trafficking, each year more than 1,000 American children are arrested for prostitution in the U.S."
-Yasmin Vafa, Executive Director of Rights4Girls
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Modern Day Slavery
"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery."
-President Barack Obama in remarks to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2012
According to The Global Slavery Index, there are an estimated 35.8 million men, women and children trapped in modern slavery.
That staggering figure accounts for more lives enslaved than all of the years of the transatlantic slave trade combined.
Human Rights Are Universal
At the end of World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt championed a document called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document outlines the thirty basic human rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. It was adopted by United Nations, which is now 139 countries strong.
It remains to this day, the most Universally accepted document on Human Rights.
In it, there are several freedoms relevant to the issue of modern day slavery. Most importantly, Article Four, which states:
"No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms."
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Business of Modern-Day Slavery
Worldwide, 1 out of every 337 people are modern-day slaves. On average, that 1 slave cost somebody $90 but generates over $7,000 in profits every year. Collectively slaves generate over $150 billion of illegal profits per year. That’s nearly double the profits of the most profitable company in the world, Fannie Mae, which pulled in $84 billion of profits in 2013. The harsh reality is that many of us unknowingly contribute to the big business of modern-day slavery. Here’s how:
What is Modern-Day Slavery?
These are 3 common characteristics of modern-day slavery:
- The victim’s freedom of movement is restricted
- The victim’s control of personal belongings is restricted
- The victim’s fully informed consent is not given
“Modern-Day Slavery” is actually a catch-all term for several slave-like practices:
- Forced Labor
- State Imposed Forced Labor (there are exceptions)
- Debt Bondage
- Migrant Worker Exploitation
- Human Trafficking
- Sexual Exploitation
- Forced Prostitution
- Forced Marriage