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Modern Day Slavery: Helping one victim at a time

2015-05-28

It's an issue so overwhelming, it's often difficult to grasp. The numbers are staggering and human trafficking seems to affect every corner of the world. Here are the voices and the faces of those who've lived the tragedy...and survived. 

From housekeepers to prostitutes, there's an estimated 30 million slaves in the world today. 

"It's like, I'm in prison because they don't allow me to go outside, by myself.”

According to the United Nations, an estimated 80 percent of the victims are sexually exploited.  Roughly 18 percent are victims of forced labor. 

One of the goals of this video released by Catholic Charity Caritas along with members of COATNET, is to get the word out and start to help. 

COATNET stands for Christian Organizations Against Human Trafficking of Human Beings.  
Sometimes it's a matter of simply knowing that victims can reclaim their human dignity. 


"You become an object. You become something. You become something, like you can make money from gold, tomatoes, apples and fruits. You can make it from human beings.” 

Through COATNET's website, there's info on how and where survivors can reach out for help. It also gives tips for communities to work together and fight modern day slavery. 

From targeting the root cause of poverty to anti-trafficking laws. These are among the goals of COATNET. Even though the task can be overwhelming, progress is being made, one case at a time. 



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