Sex Trafficking is an epidemic that is happening to people from every community all over the world and that includes American born children, right here in our backyard. It is estimated that 27 million people, including 2 million children, are currently in bondage in modern-day slavery across the world, generating $32 billion in profits a year.
Anyone can become a victim of trafficking and no community is exempt. Here in the United States there are an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 children exploited by the commercial sex trade each year (Polaris Project, 2010).
In an effort to raise awareness and work to eradicate the horrors of modern day slavery, President Obama proclaimed January to be National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is co-chairing We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking a multi-organizational anti-sex trafficking initiative. Spearheaded by National Council of Jewish Women New York Section and co-chaired by Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, these organizations and coalition partners have come together to address the critical issue of sex trafficking in the community. We Were Slaves intends to educate, advocate and create a dialogue about the impact sex trafficking has on our community and what we can do to prevent it. To learn more We Were Slaves, please visit http://we-were-slaves.org/