This past December, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon warned that the current geo-economic crisis would add fuel to the already raging fire that is international human trafficking. 146 years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, there exists more slaves on planet earth now than at any other given time. The UN puts the number of current slaves at some 27 million human beings, though a recent UN report offers the caveat that forced labor is much harder to track and enumerate than the most proliferate form, that of sex-slavery, and so the exact number may well be higher.
World wide, the majority of slaves are women (though in some African countries the majority are children) who are bought, sold and rented out for sexual service. Perhaps more disturbing than the numbers themselves is the ease in which the process of delivering a woman from her (often economically desperate) everyday life to the status of being a piece of property.
Take less than an hour of your day and give a look and listen to this documentary that concerns the ever growing sex slave trade in eastern Europe. It begins with an Ukrainian, newlywed chap that had seen his wife off to Turkey with a friend only to receive a rather chilling phone call from said friend that begins;
“I sold your wife…”