This month is sex trafficking awareness month and I wanted to share some statistics about sex trafficking and modern-day slavery. I have dedicated my Facebook page Inner Beauty to post true facts and statistics regarding this horrific and unjust crime.
You would never think or imagine it could be happening in the United States let alone in your neighborhood, but my eyes were opened about twelve years ago when I went to an event at my church and watched a video called Nefarious by Exodus Cry who fights for sexual exploitation.
By the middle of the video, I was left in tears and heartbroken that parents sold their own children to these predators for money in foreign countries. Honestly, I couldn’t bear to watch it, it was too painful, but I felt I needed too, to know what is going on in our world, in foreign countries and sad to say in our own United states of America, known to be the Land of the Free. Is it really? The land of the free, well not for millions of women and children.
According to the United Nations Office of Drug & Crime there are an estimated
- 29.8 million people live in modern slavery today.
- Slavery generates $32 billion for traffickers globally each year
- 55 percent of slavery victims are female
- 26 percent of slaves are under the age of 18
- An estimated 60,000 victims are located in U.S.
- Among known cases, 80 percent have been sex trafficking. The International labor organization estimates more than 20 million people are victimized by forced labor and sex trafficking worldwide
- It is also estimated that out of 15 million undocumented people, there are 5 million undocumented victims of human trafficking
The Statistics are astonishing, but this is our reality.
I am so thankful and Commend Exodus Cry for their courage, bravery and heart to see victims of these crimes set free. They are continuously fighting to shift culture, changing laws and reaching out to these victims that fall prey to these predators.
Exodus Cry has reached 35 million people with films and media, they have advised Governments and Legislators in 13 countries, given hope bags to 3,436 Exploited Women, reached 4,240 exploited women and children in 12 countries and have equipped over 100,000 through training and events.
When I became aware of all this, I knew God wanted me to get involved in some way and So I became an abolitionist through prayer and supporting this cause.
My prayer along with Exodus Cry that God will bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night. Luke 18:7
For more info on Exodus Cry and what they do you can go to exoduscry.com
My prayer is that this will move you to become more aware and get involved in some way.
Sincerely Isabel Perez McCoy