The World of Human Trafficking| Jenna Beadle

Somewhere in the world a rescue team is raiding a brothel and uncovering the blood-stained pajama bottoms of a five-year-old little girl.  Somewhere in the world a woman is selling herself for sex because she feels she has no other option to support her family and that she is damaged goods from previous abuse. Somewhere in the world a little boy is being sold by his parents to a Buddhist monk for the night because they feel they cannot refuse.  Somewhere in the world a young woman is being abducted and trafficked to a distant country to be raped and tortured thousands of times.  These stories are not fabricated hyperbole; they are realistic anecdotes of the men, women, and children forced into sex slavery around the world daily. 

There are about twenty to thirty million slaves in the world today—of which 80% are sex slaves.[1] Human trafficking is a multibillion-dollar criminal enterprise that is quickly outpacing drug and arms trafficking as the most lucrative and sinister crime syndicate in the world. Simply put, you can reuse a human for countless transactions whereas drugs and weapons can only be sold for a onetime profit and then they are gone. It is a sad state of moral depravity our world is in, which is why it is vital for organizations like UNCHAINED to combat this crisis.

I was first exposed to the very real presence of sex trafficking the first time I went on a mission trip to Cambodia with Vista Community Church. God opened my eyes and broke my heart for all the people enslaved in the world including here in the U.S. Shortly after I returned from my trip, I was asked to serve on the board, which was a direct answer to my prayer for a way to get involved here. By educating as many people as possible through the UNCHAINED Fashion Show, we hope to create a generation of abolitionists to assist in transforming the hearts and minds of humanity to stand up against the exploitation of others. What I am most excited about as part of UNCHAINED is the survivor scholarship we sponsor, which I have seen change the lives of multiple survivors, so they are no longer shackled to their past.

 

[1] https://www.DoSomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-human-trafficking

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