A crime that amounts to modern day slavery
Aired: Jan. 14, 2013
Although it’s been 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, slavery still exists… maybe even in your neighborhood. Worldwide, more than 20 million men, women and children of all colors and walks of life end up victims of human trafficking rings, forced into sex, or forced to do tough jobs for little or no money.
Jada Pinkett Smith is a tireless advocate for victims of human trafficking, and has made it her mission to end the exploitation of these women and young children.
“I was taught that this was my burden, my crime.” -Minh Dang
Right here in America, victims as young as 12-years-old are forced into prostitution. One of them is Angie, a teenager from Wichita, Kansas. After Angie and two friends ran away from home, they were befriended by an older man who threatened them and coerced them into selling their bodies so he could profit. Her story was told in the documentary, “Not My Life.” (http://www.notmylifestore.com/)
After growing up with a difficult home life, Asia Graves of Washington, D.C. had no choice but to turn to a pimp for survival on the streets. She is lucky to be alive today. Now, Asia is an advocate for other victims of sex trafficking, working with Andrea Powell, the founder of Fair Girls, a non-profit that helps young women escape their pimps and find another way of life.
In the U.S., there are also millions of people forced into labor, working grueling hours in sweatshops, factories and homes for little or no money whatsoever. Like many victims of labor trafficking, Ima Matul came to this country from Indonesia when she was 17-years-old and was hired as a nanny in Los Angeles.
What can we do about the problem of human trafficking? Justin Dillon is a Los Angeles, CA native and the CEO and founder of Made in a Free World, a non-profit committed to generating awareness about human trafficking and modern day slavery. Ambassador Luis CdeBaca is the point person to President Obama on human trafficking and serves as a senior adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on this issue.
“It’s not enough just to say, ‘Well I’m not going to go to prostitutes.’”
Do you know how many everyday products you use that are made by slaves? Justin Dillon demonstrates the kinds of products that increase our slavery footprint.
- Rubio: Treat people who’ve been trafficked as victims and not perpetrators (miamiherald.typepad.com)