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Stop Slavery in Our Lifetime

Imagine one twelve-year old girl in a hotel room in Lima, Peru. She both lives in the room, and works in the room. Her room costs about $20 a day, and the hotel is happy for the steady business. The bar next door is also happy that the girl is in the hotel room, because her clients come there to drink, before and after their business with her. And the small restaurant in the other side of the street also appreciates the girl’s presence, as they exchange free meals for a favorable whisper in her client’s ear. Imagine that this one case of a single girl and her local financial interdependence is multiplied by the thousands and thousands across the globe. It is then, says David Batstone, president of the Not For Sale Campaign, that sex trafficking as a lucrative business makes sense. In fact, Batstone points out, the only people who aren’t making money from the sex industry are the ones upon whom the whole network depends: the girls — or women, or boys — for they are slaves.Today, there are 27 million slaves world-wide, more than the entire current population of the state of Texas, more than at any other t …

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