There truly is nothing new under the sun, but it doesn't make it any less wrong. 12.5 million Africans were displaced in the entire history of the horrific slave trade between 1525 and 1866, according to The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database. (pbs.org) And while that seems unbelievable, we have a greater epidemic of slavery today. The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally. (polarisproject.org/facts) . Nearly double in a year compared to a span of 341 years. Let that just sink in.
Ok, so let's back up for a minute. What is human trafficking, you ask? While there are many types, in general, it is defined as labor that is forced by means of coercion, violence, threats or other manipulative means to provide commercial s*x or other labor or services contrary to their will. 68% of them are in forced labour situations such as agriculture, construction, house keeping and manufacturing according to the ILO. But 22% are in forced sexual exploitation, with the majority affected adult women, however children are the next largest population. All of it is inexcusable, but the most vile is that of innocent children victims.
Childhood should be a time of lovely story hours, full tummies and playing with finger paint. Sadly, economic hardships force family members to sell their own children or leave their children vulnerable while they work on the streets. There are many suggestions on how to solve this problem of poverty, but the one thing remains: children currently need help out of this life. Intervention is necessary. And that's where teams like Breaking Chains comes in.