Slavery Still Exists


Slavery is one of those monsters of darkness to whom the light of truth is death.” – Frederick Douglass

In 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, in turn, making the abolishment of slavery a central goal of the Civil War. Then in 1864 he signed the Thirteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution outlawing slavery and involuntary servitude. This historical, and monumental change occurred, because humanists converged for both the greater good, as well as a holistic cause. Although the president was the hero, it was the demands of the people that evoked change and freedom. However, in 2011, 27 million men, women, and children are victims of human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery, many within the United States of America–the fastest growing and number one country in the world for the criminal acts of human trafficking. These devastating crimes are occurring in states such as Kentucky, South Carolina, Illinois, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Florida, and California, among many others. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,“this is America’s dirty little secret, these are crimes the public doesn’t see, that the public doesn’t want to believe exist.”

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