Human trafficking is a scourge. It is not limited to third world countries or a place in history. It is happening now, around the worldwide, including here in the United States. It cuts across race, gender, religion, and socioeconomic status. It not only violates the basic precepts of the rule of law, it is anathema to the dignity of the human person and freedom in a civil society. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, there are 27 million people enslaved globally — human trafficking is the 2nd largest criminal industry worldwide.
Human Trafficking facts:
- It is not a choice. A person cannot consent to become enslaved. Victims want to escape, but cannot.
- It is not smuggling. Smuggling is transportation; trafficking is exploitation.
- It does not require that a victim be moved over state or international borders.
- Approximately 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the U.S. every year.
- It is a $32 billion global industry.
Read more from Jessica M. Garrison's article in The Daily Caller.