While many perceive slavery to be a thing of the past, the reality is that its prevalence is at an all time high. Over 38,500,000 people are victims of slavery worldwide. Recently, the Global Slavery Index released new statistics stating that out of the 167 countries (Switzerland being one of them) surveyed, all had incidents of slavery.
Out of the 38,500,000 victims, over 22 million people are victims of sex trafficking. Sadly, almost all of the 22 million are children.
While attending a Trust Women Conference in London which is committed to finding real solutions to empower women and to fight slavery all over the world and annually bring together global corporations, lawyers, government representatives, and pioneers in the field of women’s rights and anti-slavery, we were very disappointed to see that the only way we could learn the extent of current slavery was through a conference solely directed towards generations ahead of us.
When we think of sex trafficking we assume it occurs in distant countries, far from our lives. It must be realized that these are the lives of real children all over the world. If we really want to create awareness, we need to stop sugar coating the facts and implement ways in which young generations can put their own foot forward. We decided to go forward and start a “Movement Against Sex Trafficking”(a Facebook page established by Corisande and Carley which strives to create awareness against sex trafficking)!
At the start of our journey we felt a massive roadblock solely due to our age. We were perceived as unknowledgeable “kids” without any real drive, when in reality we wanted to implement change against one of the biggest human rights issues of our time.
How can we be expected to make a change when no one believes in our capabilities?
It was when we realized that our age was an advantage rather than a setback, our goal of raising awareness really took off. We realized that we have technology and social networks more advanced than ever before and decided to use social media platforms, as our main way of spreading awareness. What many of the older generations believe to be our Achilles heel, we have turned it in to our greatest aid.
If you would like further information please contact us or visit our organization’s facebook page, “Movement Against Sex Trafficking”!
By Corisande and Carley (DP1)