Today is National Awareness Day for Human Trafficking. Since two local news agencies ran stories on our church's efforts to fight the global slave trade, I went online to see the stories. Fox News provided links to a local task force working to stop human trafficking here in Charlotte. What?!
That's right. I was thinking (maybe you were, too!) that the problem of slavery or forced prostitution was an inter-national problem, not a national or local one. But I was wrong. Really wrong.
The fact is, the US is the second biggest destination for modern-day slaves. Most of them are women exploited for sex. Listen to this: "North Carolina has become one of the top states for human trafficking."
It turns out that the world's oldest profession doesn't pay very well, unless you're the slave-owner with the lock and key. And what can I do about it? I can start by gathering items for emergency supply bags that can be given to women who are rescued. And I can blog about it so that others will know, too. I'm not satisfied with that, but it's a start.