According to the Polaris Project, “there are more people in slavery than at the height of the north-american slave trade”. This is a controversial statistic. Regardless of its accuracy, one thing is for sure, many of us benefit from trafficked persons without knowing it. “Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of “labor or services,” such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will. The factors that each of these situations have in common are elements of force, fraud, or coercion that are used to control people.” (Polaris Project) Many of the products that we consume may be produce by forced labor without our knowledge. Restaurants, farms, construction and large agricultural production facilities are typical places where owners knowingly engage bonded labor.
To raise greater awareness on the problem of human trafficking, the CDGEhas put together an event.
Norma Ramos, “Ending Human Trafficking in our Lifetime”, Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. Gault Recital Hall, Scheide Music Center
Norma Ramos is a longstanding public interest attorney and social justice activist. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, which is the first organization to fight against human trafficking internationally, now in its twenty-second year.