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“There are more people in slavery today,
than at any other time in human history.”
Kevin Bales, author of “Disposable People”
Yes, we are talking about actual slavery. The buying and selling of human beings for profit, that ancient and most fundamental abuse. Not only does this crime against humanity still exist, it is flourishing in our own backyards! Sadly, New York is a major hub for this multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise.
The sex trafficking industry overwhelmingly preys on young women and children. The slave labor markets rely on a ready supply of men and women fleeing desperate circumstance. Trickery, threats, and false promises are the lures used by traffickers. Once under their control, victims find only abuse, humiliation, and endless exploitation. This is the face of modern-day slavery.
Because of its low visibility, too little is being done to combat this crime. Reliable statistics are hard to find, but estimates run as high as 27 million people who are currently in some form of slave bondage. Not all trafficking is across borders. Many people are trafficked right here within the United States including U.S. citizens, foreign nationals here legally, as well as undocumented immigrants. Specific laws against Trafficking in Persons were formulated only in this decade, and in New York State only in 2007.
We are concerned citizens bound to a common cause: to educate ourselves and others about this scourge in our midst, and to do everything we can to eradicate it. Becoming informed is the first step you can take in learning how to help. We hope that this website will be a useful tool for you, and that you will join us in our mission.
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