Human trafficking is the darkest and most destructive evil of our time. As you read this, more than 45 million people live in slavery and only 1% have any hope of being rescued. Ever. Sadly, women and children are the most vulnerable with many young girls being sold into slavery every day, even by their families. They are then forced into a life of sexual exploitation while being starved, caged, and physically beaten.
Moved by compassion, by outrage, and often by faith, many advocates have risen to rescue and restore these victims. Yet, the anti-trafficking movement is still in its infancy. Efforts are small-scale and fragmented globally. Funding has been scarce and best practices need to be fully leveraged to combat human trafficking with a global, strategic, integrated approach.