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  • Amberley Canegitta

Human Trafficking: Modern-Day Slavery

Philanthropy: “Not My Life”

Human Trafficking: Modern-Day Slavery

WIB's Philanthropy Committee invited Lima James, an education coordinator from the Life Way Network, on campus to speak about safe housing for women survivors of human trafficking. During this meeting, members watched a documentary called "Not My Life" which presented multiple cases of human trafficking such as being sold for labor and sex. Many of these victims who were sold into human trafficking worked and lived in terrible conditions which harmed them physically and mentally. It wouldn’t be uncommon for each victim to scarcely have one meal a day, and no more than one set of clothes to change from.

The LifeWay Safe Housing Program’s mission is to step in and support these victims by giving them a secured place to sleep, eat, and most importantly, to help victims become aware that they do not have to live under the conditions of human trafficking. WIB has raised $60 from our bake sale and all proceeds will go to LifeWay Network. Through the spread of awareness and donations from different organizations to fund safe housing, LifeWay Network can help these victims heal their scars and discover a better way of life.

Here are some statistics in regards to Human Trafficking:

  • Human trafficking is the 2nd largest criminal industry in the world, second only to the drug trade.

  • Trafficking in persons is the fastest growing criminal enterprise globally.

  • An estimated 21 million people currently are trafficked worldwide; more that any time in history.

  • 80% of trafficking victims are women and 50% are children.

  • The average age of entry into prostitution in the U.S. is 12-14 years old.

  • Traffickers lure in children from the streets, at shopping malls, outside of schools, youth programs, foster homes, parks and playgrounds, and even social media.

  • Human Trafficking has been reported in all 50 states (including cities, suburbs, & rural towns).

  • New York is one of the top 5 states with the highest number of reported trafficking cases.

  • Labor trafficking in America often occurs in agriculture, restaurants, hotels, casinos, and domestic service industries.

  • Sex trafficking in America often occurs in massage parlors, nail salons, streets, truck stops, residential brothels, strip clubs, and escort services.

  • Modern-day slavery has replaced whips and chains with emotional and mental manipulation, and sexual and physical abuse.

All information taken from www.Lifewaynetwork.org

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