Maine third in nation for human trafficking

January 23, 2013 No Comments by Deb Wagner

By Sarah Fuss, MSN Causes

Worst States for Human Trafficking

#3 Maine:  Maine’s score actually dropped between 2011 and 2012. It now has a paltry 45.5 points. States that falter do not distract Smith from her victories.

Most people whose lives have not been touched by human trafficking have a hard time saying what it is exactly. Simply put: Human trafficking is modern-day slavery.

The International Labor Organization estimates that about 20.9 million people are enslaved globally—an overwhelming number. 1.5 million of these people are in developed economies and the European Union. And the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that 100,000 of these people are children within the U.S. Trafficking is not only a foreign problem. It’s an American problem.

A modern American slave can be a foreigner who is helped across the U.S. border then made to work for free. A slave can be a girl, a boy, a woman, a man, kidnapped and forced into prostitution. Or take Brianna’s story in this issue. She wasn’t kidnapped. She was on a dream date that turned dangerous. A slave can even be a kidnapped baby sold for adoption. Slavery is a situation you can’t leave—not without help.

Human trafficking has a lot of faces, and they’re just out of view for most of us. In this issue of TakePart on MSN Causes, we’re observing Human Trafficking Prevention Month by telling stories to help shed light on this dark issue. Read Brianna’s Story: The Girl Who Got Away and our interview with Jada Pinkett Smith who is on the front lines of the fight against human trafficking. And find out which other celebrities are turning the spotlight on trafficking. Plus, throughout the month there will be more.

Want to know what you can do to join the fight? Share these stories. Get the word out to bring this problem out of the shadows. And look for more opportunities to take part throughout our issue.

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