My Freedom Day
Today is a day the world speaks out about freedom; a day that a light is shone on things like illegal slavery, human trafficking and child trafficking.
Below are a few facts about trafficking:
- Next to drug dealing, human trafficking is the most lucrative business in our days.
- 80% of trafficking victims are women, half of these are children.
- There is an increased rate in trafficking of pregnant women; their new born babies are sold at a handsome price.
- Children from 7 years are sold between $7000 to $14000
- There are more human slaves in the world today than ever before in history.
- Traffickers often use their old victims who have been broken to catch more girls; this is because it is easier to
- build a rapport between them than with the traffickers.
- Human trafficking doesn’t just involve sex and labour, people are also trafficked for their organs. It is called organ harvesting.
- At least 30,000 trafficking victims die every year from torture, neglect, abuse and disease.
- According to a 2009 Washington Times article, the Taliban buy children as young as 7 years to act as suicide bombers.
- Women are victims as well as perpetrators of trafficking.
- Nigeria has been identified as one of the places where victims commonly come from.
- Traffickers target people on the telephone, on the internet, at the mall, through their friends and in after-school programs.
- Family members often sell children and other family members into slavery.
- Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal ventures because of its low risk and high profit potential.
- Human trafficking is fuelled by poverty and gender discrimination
We may think that human trafficking is something that is far from our doorstep but studies show that about 10,000 women were found in Italy, subject to human trafficking. The best way to end illegal slavery is to shine a light on these sinister activities and speak out against them.
Everybody has a right to liberty, no one deserves to be stripped of their right to freedom – not man, woman or child.