There are more human slaves in the world today than at any other time in human history. A staggering 40 million women and children are victims of human trafficking, 50% being children - some as young as six years old.
Sold into sexual prostitution, forced labor, or for organ harvesting these women and children have no advocates, no hope, no hero's but you. As the global economic crisis deepens the number of people trafficked will increase, potentially surpassing the drug trade in the next five years and presenting us with the greatest human rights challenge of this century.
Already the AIDS epidemic in Africa has left many children orphaned, making them especially vulnerable to human trafficking. Every year 7,000 Nepali girls, some as young as nine years old, are sold into India’s red-light district. Ten thousand children between the ages of six and 14 fill the dark rooms of Sri Lanka's brothels.
An estimated 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect.
Family members often sell children and other family members into slavery; the younger the victim, the more money the trafficker receives. For example, a 10-year-old named Gita was sold into a brothel by her aunt. The now 22-year-old recalls that when she refused to work, the older girls held her down and stuck a piece of cloth in her mouth so no one would hear her scream as she was raped by a customer. She would later contract HIV*.
The Freedom Project rescues Pakistani children and widows, victims of human trafficking, who have been sold into a life of servitude, one more often than not marked by physical and sexual abuse. Read the real life redemption story of Rehana and her six children, a widow forced by poverty into a life of enslavement and sexual exploitation and how Crossroads Freedom Project played the critical role in her rescue and redemption.
You personally can play a significant role in stopping human trafficking by joining with Crossroads in ending the trafficking of widows and children in Pakistan. Take a stand against human trafficking, make your voice heard, show your support donate to The Freedom Project.
* Skinner, E. Benjamin. 2008. A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery. New York, NY: Free Press.