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Slavery Wasn’t Abolished

More than 200 years ago, William Wilberforce was one of the leading English slave abolitionists.

The goal of abolitionists like Wilberforce was to abolish slavery. Wilberforce led a campaign against the British slave trade for years until the Slave Trade Act was finally accepted. In the 1860s, America’s Civil War continued the battle to abolish slavery.

But the truth is, slavery hasn’t been abolished … yet.

In fact, there are still millions of slaves all around the world. Last month, I shared some of the shocking statistics I uncovered about the reality of human trafficking. I was surprised to find out that with 14 million estimated slaves, India has more slaves than any other country, according to the 2014 Global Slavery Index.

And it’s not just adults trapped in various forms of slavery—it’s kids, too.

One of those kids was Joseph. As an 8-year-old, he started working in the chili fields. He earned only 15 cents for 12 hours of work. If you haven’t yet, click the video above to watch his story.

Worldwide, nearly two million children are trapped in the sex trade (UNICEF. State of the World’s Children 2005). And a lot of them live in India.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month … and you can be a voice for the millions oppressed in slavery in India. They are living harsh and hard realities, but—even though their stories are difficult—they deserve to be shared.

Social media, email, and blogs are all great ways for your voice to be heard. Raise awareness by spreading the word to your friends that slavery wasn’t abolished, and it continues to be a heinous, inhumane practice in our world today.

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” – William Wilberforce

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