Human trafficking is the new slavery.
It's 2018, but it's more omnipresent than ever. Human traffickers are lurking everywhere—from major cities to small towns. This problem typically transcends politics and is unanimously condemned by people of all political stripes—but not enough is done to stop it.
USA Today recently reported 1 million children are sold in the commercial sex trade each year. These kids are sexually exploited and forced into objectionable acts against their will. These traffickers especially treat these young kids—and other victims—as commodities. Believe it or not, $9.5 billion is generated from sex trafficking each year. Disgusting. Here's more on the make-up of human trafficking victims:
Many of the victims are brought into the country from abroad, but the vast majority of victims trafficked in the United States come from our own communities. They are often young girls from foster homes, runaway youth, or adults who are vulnerable due to disability, drug dependency or a history of abuse.
One group that's working tirelessly to raise awareness about the issue is the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), which bills itself as the "leading national organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health crisis of pornography."
All forms of sexual exploitation are threats to individual liberty. If a person is a victim of abuse, coercion, or fraud, for instance, they are not authentically free to make the decisions they want to make. Moreover, every single form of sexual exploitation is fundamentally related to all the other forms -- they are rooted in the same failure to grasp the concepts of human dignity, liberty, and respect. In a culture and society saturated with all forms of sexual exploitation, what is being done to ensure that every person is free from sexual exploitation?
Each year, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Global Summit, which brings together the nation's premiere leaders in the movement to end sexual exploitation. This event unites people from across the ideological spectrum, who can agree that child sexual abuse, sexual assault, and all forms of sexual exploitation are an affront to both human dignity and to freedom itself.