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Lent 21: Trafficking

True Grit: Women Taking On the World, for God's Sake

Illegal trade in human beings is one of today’s fastest-growing and lucrative businesses and the top human rights issue of the 21st century. Victims number from 700,000 to 4 million annually. Police statistics indicate that less than 0.5 percent of these are male. Most females are imported and exported for forced labor or sexual exploitation; many are sold by destitute parents. Others are lured to another country by false promises of legitimate work. Their passports are then confiscated and they become virtual slaves. Every nation in the world is involved.

Wondering what this is all about? Read my post explaining why and how I’m commemorating Lent this year.

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