Slavery is not extinct. The buying & selling of human beings for forced labor or sexual exploitation, better known as human trafficking, is a present, widespread issue. It is currently a $150 billion a year industry with 20.9 million victims globally, according to the International Labor Organization. Unfortunately, many of the cases go unreported and unrecognized. This wave of injustice lacks awareness and education.
Over spring break, we will be partnering with The Life of Freedom Center in Miami to learn how we can contribute to the end of human trafficking. Our time will be spent participating in their Alternative Break retreat which prepares individuals to effectively mobilize and respond to domestic sex trafficking within the community, as well as serve survivors and individuals that are at-risk of being enslaved by sex trafficking. Additionally, we will have a free day to experience the city of Miami.
What is human trafficking? Modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act (https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/what-human-trafficking)