Human trafficking and sex trafficking are not pleasant topics to talk about. It is easy to see them as problems that only exist in some other country or on your favorite crime drama. Both are very real problems, though, and it exists everywhere – including the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA).
Here are just a few facts that may surprise you:
It is estimated that there are approximately 27 million slaves around the world.
The average cost of a slave is $90.
Worldwide, there are nearly two million children in the commercial sex trade.
Around half of trafficking victims in the world are under the age of 18.
Dr. Denise Lenares-Solomon has become highly involved in educating children, teens, and personel about human trafficking, and she joined Brad Means on the set of “The Means Report” to share her expertise. Dr. Lenares-Solomon explains how she became involved in this mission and why she chose to place her focus on grade school, middle school, and high school students. She also shares with viewers what they can do to become involved and possibly even save a life.
If you suspect that someone is a victim of human trafficking, or you want more information, you can visit: ImAware.TV or PolarisProject.org. You can also report suspected trafficking by calling 1-800-843-5678 or 1-888-373-7888.