As I write this, several people have suddenly gone missing in Iowa. I see Facebook comments that people are so kindly sharing. And questions such as “What’s going on in Iowa?” and “Many young Native Americans girls are missing in northern Minnesota.” The list goes on.
While some missing persons are found, many are not. Human trafficking-modern day slavery is alive and well-established as a lucrative business.
I attended a seminar in LaCrosse, Wisconsin a year ago, and was shocked to learn there are networks of roads used, online products sold to support them by forced labor, and even door-to-door sales.
It made such an impression on me, I decided to incorporate a bit of it in some of my fictional work in progress. But why stop there? If I call myself a writer, this is an important enough issue to blog, in my opinion.
There are 20.9 million victims worldwide, with estimates as high as 45 million persons.
The U.S. Department of Labor has identified 139 goods from 75 countries made by forced and child labor.
Children make up almost a third of victims, while women and girls comprise 71% of victims.
National Human Traficking Resource Center: 1-888-373-7888. http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org