Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Calling modern-day abolitionists...

William Wilberforce
fought to abolish the slave trade in England

Abraham Lincoln
1863 // Emancipation Proclamation 
supported the passing of the 13th Amendment

13th Amendment 
// United States Constitution
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

2012 //
human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world (including America)

"Despite its abolishment almost 150 years ago by the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, involuntary servitude is far from a thing of the past. Now referred to as human trafficking, modern-day slavery takes many forms."

According to U.S. Federal law, human trafficking is defined as:
Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or
The recruitment, harboring, transportation provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

Estimates from the 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report by the U.S. Department of State...
Globally // 27 Million slaves
Western Hemisphere // 6,681 (identified victims)

Where is our modern-day abolitionist? Human trafficking will not be solved by leaving it alone. It is a big thing to combat, but so was slave-trading and the retaining of slaves in the South. 
Great work is being done all around the world to free slaves of human trafficking, provide them with rehab and a good job. I champion the work of International Justice Mission, my heart for India throbs with the knowledge that there is SO much sex-slavery and forced labor in that country... but today I am thinking of America, of the trafficked victims right under our noses. There are victims in my own town. We choose everyday whether we stand for freedom and justice or for depraved indifference.

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