Children and adults become slaves in many different ways, but most often they, and/or their families, are tricked into slavery. Human traffickers will con families into giving up their children by telling them stories of teaching their children a trade, providing them with an education and giving them money to send home. The families, which are often destitute, believe this to be the opportunity of a lifetime for their children to succeed.
Teenagers are conned by the same lies and believe they're setting out to make a name for themselves in the world. They're offered the chance to become an actress, to move to America, receive an education and leave their poor circumstances behind.
These children are often taken to different cities or even countries than they and their families were originally told they would go. Parents have no idea where their children are and often never hear from them again. Sometimes the human traffickers will tell the parents that their children died and were buried in a far off country or city.
There is hope in educating families and teenagers of the dangers of human trafficking and slavery. Groups in countries such as India and Asia help free these children and break the cycle. They provide the children with education and therapy to rebuild their lives. They help reunite them with their families and villages where they become village leaders. Empowered with education and knowledge, they help their village become slave-free and drive out future human traffickers coming to prey on their town.
This is why education programs, both in reading and writing, along with human trafficking awareness are critical to the prevention of modern day slavery.
Everyone I talk to about modern slavery agrees it's atrocious. Then they ask, "What can I do?" BE A VOICE. Spread awareness by sharing these posts and videos with others. Collectively we can reach thousands of people. Creating awareness and making this an issue in the public mind WILL lead to CHANGE.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
~Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Will you accept my invitation? Will you be a voice?