You could be forgiven for thinking that slavery was abolished with the introduction of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution. But what’s really happened is that the whole sorry mess simply moved underground, and there are countless thousands of people around the world who are still, essentially, slaves. Often, this falls under the umbrella of “human trafficking”, and it’s the fastest growing organised crime in the world. Around the world, men – and especially women and children – are being held against their will, often trapped in foreign countries and forced into appalling working conditions or sexual exploitation.
For many years, groups like Anti-Slavery Australia and International Justice Mission have committed to completely abolishing modern slavery. Other non-profit organisations such as The Salvation Army have partnered with all levels of government to develop and implement localised responses. Their initiative The Safe House is in operation for those who have experienced trafficking, serving to heal and empower survivors.
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