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Modern slavery, although not in the Webster dictionary, has become synonyms with sex slavery.

Over 160 countries across the world are known to be affected by human trafficking.

In 2009 the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the Report on Trafficking Persons stated that 66% of the people were women.

Does this horrified and inhumane act occur here in the precious United State of America? YES!! Every single day a young girl or woman is in some manner coerced into slavery in order to make money off of them for the pleasure of other men whether they want to or not.

As many as 50,000 people, mostly consisting of women and pre pubescent children, are trafficked into the United States from all over the world every year. 

Polaris Project is an organization that works to combat all forms of human trafficking in the Unites States as well as around the world. They operate a National Hotline (1-888-3737-888), advocate for the advancement of legislation, offer services for victims and promote awareness.  The interesting thing I found on this website was a page about recognizing the various signs of someone that might be a victim of human trafficking and modern slavery. http://www.polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/recognizing-the-signs

Since the beginning of the National Hotline in 2008 there have been a total of 25,261 phones calls with 15.59% coming from California and 13.41% from Texas.

Finally, I have posted a video. Although, it talks a lot about the trafficking in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area, I think we can learn a lot from this.

Information for this blog was obtained from the following websites:
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/human-trafficking-statistics.html
http://www.polarisproject.org/index.php
Krystal
2/23/2011

Wow! I have heard that there was human trafficking in this country. I did not realize amount of people involved, and I actually did not realize that men too were trafficked.

Like the video said, most people are not aware. AND...I had no idea that people were using our laws..our immigration rules to get people into this country.

The post was well done and good information. I like the design of your blog...the red is kind of POW in your face! :)

Nice job!

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Melanie
2/23/2011

WOW! I knew this happened but not that much! I don't have time now but I am coming back to look at that site and see the signs to look for of someone being trafficked. Very interesting, thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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Preston
2/24/2011

Another nice posting, Candace, and the video was very powerful. It certainly makes you wonder how people could be so callous as to treat other human beings like that. Helping to liberate men and women in those circumstances would be a fantastic purpose in life. It seems that the best way to do so would be to get involved in communities where this happens and build relationships with the victims.

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