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Do you have those movies that you can watch several times and never get tired of seeing them? There are a few movies that I don’t mind seeing over and over (and over) again! Recently the movie Lincoln has become one of them for me. It always amazes me how much President Lincoln was willing to sacrifice to bring freedom.
Often when we hear about the trans-atlantic slave trade, it’s so easy to think about what we would have done had we been born during that time period. Would we have dared to make a stand for freedom? Could we have possibly been one the “Lincolns,” “Rosa Parks,” or “Martin Luther Kings?”
Although the slave trade is over, there is still a need for the “Lincolns” of our generation to rise up and proclaim freedom. See, there are more slaves in the world today than the there were in the entire Trans-Atlantic slavery.
Human trafficking is modern day slavery! In every generation, there are always several big causes that shape the history of that generation for ages to come. Human trafficking is one of the big causes that we need to fight against in our generation.
There are 27 million people in the world today being physically enslaved to other people, forced and coerced into bonded labor slavery—about 75% of them are women and young girls are manipulated and threatened into sex slavery. Most people have heard about trafficking but always think about it as some foreign country problem and while a lot of the trafficking does take place in Europe, about 100,000 people are trafficked into America every year with 27,000 American children at risk of being trafficked.
27 million sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, parents, friends, beloved and precious souls do not physically have the freedom that you and i do. The reality of this truth is what pushes me to be a law student, to be an advocate for freedom in as many ways as I can be.
Knowing that 27 million people need to be brought to freedom can be a little bit overwhelming, but everyone can play a role in fighting modern-day slavery. Here are some practical ways you can do something now:
1. Be aware of the trafficking hotline number in case of any suspicious activity (1-888-373-7888). Save it on your phone and remember that you don’t have to be 100% certain to report any suspicious activity.
2. Research about human trafficking, read books to be better informed and attend training events.
3. Get creative with your talents and social media to tell others about human trafficking.
4. Buy fair trade products that are made slave-free.
Follow me on twitter @27milliontears for more updates on the fight against slavery.
Don’t let the desire to fight slavery be a burst of passion in you, but use your talents and gifts everyday to bring freedom to other precious children of God that don’t have their freedom. We all can dry the tears of these 27 million, one people at a time, one day at a time. Let’s end slavery in our generation!
-Salem Afangideh is a second-year law student at the Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama and a passionate Like a Boss Girl. Follow her on Twitter at @27MillionTears.