What’s in your backyard?

Human trafficking…Many times when one thinks of human trafficking their mind races to third world countries. The thought process that human trafficking doesn’t occur in the United States is ever so common, but slowing awareness on the subject is growing. From labor trafficking to sex trafficking, human trafficking occurs every single day and it may be right in your backyard. According to the Polaris Project, there are about 27 million people in modern slavery across the world.  In the United States, between 100,000 and 300,000 children alone are prostituted in the United States. This data does not include labor trafficking of minors or any trafficking with adults. On average girls enter prostitution between the ages of 12 and 14 and boys enter between the ages of 11 and 13. What if this was your son or daughter?

Unfortunately, statistics on human trafficking are scarce causing difficulties in finding accurate information on the topic. What if those 1,078 youth in Ohio trafficked every year were really 5,000 from lack of data? Because there is little data, the statistics given fail to emphasize the full magnitude of human trafficking in the world. The scarce data surrounding human trafficking already depicts an immensely sad world of human trafficking. 27 million people trafficked around the world. 27 million people that are owned. 27 million people that have no way out. Imagine being owned by some pimp or completely disrespected by people day in and day out as one more person pays your pimp to use you for sex. As more and more data on human trafficking emerges, the United States and the rest of the world will need to increase awareness and continue to prosecute pimps in order to decrease the amount of trafficking around the world. No human deserves to be trafficked. It is happening everywhere. Be aware. Share your knowledge. End human trafficking.

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