Monday, January 11, 2010

January 11... Did You Know?

So for the third year now, today, January 11, is Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

Some of you may have no earthly idea what I'm talking about. Human trafficking is modern day slavery. Yep, it stills exists. But as evil is wont to do, it's made it's way out of the cultural norm (compliments of the Civil War) and into the hidden corners and closets of homes and businesses. Most of human trafficking is sex slavery. But forced labor without pay is another big problem. And this isn't just happening in Eastern Europe.

It's happening in the United States.

And its victims are men, women, college students, teenagers and children. Yep, I said "and children."

This is a website with stories of modern slaves in my own town, Austin, TX. Check it out.

Here's a blog by a friend of mine here in Austin that lists a couple of ways you can help. There's lots of new websites popping up about Human Trafficking too. Keep your eyes open. Keep telling the story. And let's figure out how to stop this atrocity.

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