I couldn’t watch this. It was difficult and heartbreaking, and I literally squirmed around in my chair, and clenched the armrests.
But this is real, and this is happening right under our noses.
This is slavery.
But it’s not like what we learned about in our history books. It’s not black and white, and it’s not seen.
Worldwide, there are more than 27,000,000 people trapped in slavery today. They’re forced to work without pay, subjected to violence and controlled by their abusers. It’s isolating, but hidden from plain sight. Slavery is illegal in every single country around the world, and yet it exists.
With so much hype surrounding the Olympics in Rio, we took a look this past week at the 9-year-old girls you won’t be seeing on the global coverage. Right outside of the billion-dollar Olympic village, there are young girls and women selling their bodies to survive, or worse: being sold by their families for money.
These women and girls often become addicted to drugs. They’re forced against their will to touch and satisfy disgusting men. They’re beaten and abused. And they’re invisible. We don’t even see them.
But this happens all over the world. It’s happening in Rio, where the entire world is watching, and yet nobody is seeing it. It’s happening in the United States at sporting events and carnivals, with thousands of people around, and nobody is stopping it, because we don’t even see it happening. It’s happening among 85 percent of the world’s population, and it is time that we do something about it.
The End It Movement started three years ago in 2013, and has now grown into a coalition of the world’s leading organizations in the fight for freedom. They are committed to shining a light on slavery, and putting an end to the injustice.
Human trafficking is WRONG. Sex trafficking is WRONG. The world’s youth and future women selling their bodies and being raped is WRONG.
Together, through prayers and shares, we can ignite the conversation about modern slavery. Educate yourself and others today, To Save A Life, and visit EndItMovement.com to learn more.