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Pamela Jimenez

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Slave trading may seem like ancient history to those living in first world countries, yet it still exists. Humans continue to sell humans.

With the corruption of the Libya and a civil war breaking out, the government failed to protect its citizens by not being able to establish laws. As the government of Libya crumbled down, gangs began to form.

With Libya in such a vulnerable state, more than 100 thousand migrants and refugees have tried to immigrate into Europe from Libya in hopes of starting over and building a new life.  Migrants and refugees stuck in Libya are currently being sold into slavery. Men and women are being kidnapped and sold for labor or prostitution. Although slavery is illegal in the USA, the reason the slave trade has not been stopped is because there is no law to deem it illegal in Libya.

There are more slaves right now than ever in history. The thought of this practice continues to turn my stomach. As a teen I feel powerless to remedy what is happening an ocean away.

Although I cannot drop what I’m doing and save the 40 million people enslaved, I can make a difference.

People around the world have taken action with the “Free the Slaves,” by buying from their store, a portion of every sale goes to Free the Slaves.

Knowing that there are children all over the world being manipulated, exploited, and groomed into human trafficking breaks my heart. The way many children are groomed is that their trafficker may promise them a good education and a better life than they had at home, only to take away all of their freedom and innocence.

Traffickers also promise the child’s family documentation into another country or take advantage of a kid’s vulnerability and gain their trust.

Becoming aware of all of the issues going on in the world is important, especially if it means having a voice for those who do not.

 

 

 

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