January 14, 2015
She’s the girl who’s running away from her abusive past, the one who is impoverished and looking for a way to make ends meet, or perhaps, she’s the girl who naively fell in love with the wrong man. Regardless of the reasons, there are nearly 30 million victims of human trafficking globally. There are more slaves now than ever before. I was in junior high when I first learned about sex trafficking. I had the privilege of hearing Christine Caine—an activist for the A21 campaign—speak about the subject at a conference. Initially, I was horrified and shocked that girls as young as four were being sold for sex. Ever since that day, I have been passionately fighting against the injustice of sexual exploitation. Trafficking of persons is not a subject that should be ignored or taken lightly. In order to fully understand the enormity of this crisis, we will examine the root causes, facts, and the impact of human trafficking throughout the world.