January is human trafficking awareness month, with the 11th being Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
"The more of us who are educated about this crime, the harder it will be for the criminals and evildoers to operate freely, and the tougher it will be for them to get off with a mere judicial slap on the wrist when they are caught.
History reports that Zenobia fought for justice. In this book she does so in two ways. First, she tries to free the oppressed. Second, she plots to punish the slavers. She will continue her crusade in future books in the series." -Russ Wallace, Author of Zenobia - Challenging a Legend
Here's some facts below that will open your eyes to slavery:
Modern-day slavery involves possession and control of a person, depriving them of their rights or the freedom to make their own decisions. In the process they are used for profit and are usually transported away from their homes. This control involves sorts of violence, threats, deception, and coercion. There can be instances of debt bondage involved as well.
There are many forms of slavery today from sex trafficking to slave labor to child marriage and child soldiers.
Some slaves do receive pay, but usually have to pay a large portion back to their trafficker or are in such cheap labor that it is not enough to pay for their needs. Usually they endure under harsh working conditions for more than 8 hours a day and are often controlled including where they live and go.
Every 3 minutes a person is sexually exploited in the US.
Every minute a child is sold into various forms of slavery.
50% of trafficking victims are less than 16 years old.
A lifespan of a person once enslaved in slavery is as little as 3-7 years due to death from abuse, HIV/AIDS, drugs, suicide, attacks, or starvation.
1 of every 5 pornographic images is of an underage child.
55% of child pornographic images come from the US.
Between 244,000 and 325,000 American youth are considered at risk for sexual exploitation.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center 1-888-373-7888