That was what Human Trafficking was in 2008! The THIRD largest. Today, it is the SECOND largest and by the end of this year, it will be THE largest!
I found this utube video off Tom Davis' blog of Rick Warren interviewing then presidential candidate Barack Obama. He asked Mr. Obama about Human Trafficking and how it is the THIRD largest global crime industry in the world. Mr. Obama's response was that this needs to be a "TOP priority" for the US government. Which is GREAT that he wants to make it a top priority.
But the other point I'm trying to make here is that this interview took place in 2008, less than 3 years ago. During the interview, Mr. Warren mentions that this is the third largest global crime.
So, in less than 3 years, Human Trafficking will grow from #3 to become the LARGEST, the #1 global crime!
I mentioned in my last blog post that orphans are the biggest target of human trafficking.
In most countries, children age out of orphanages at age 15 - 16 years old.
-15% of these orphans commit suicide
-15% to into prostitution
Again, there are 1.2 million children pulled into sex trafficking each year! This is every 2 minutes and 40 times per day a child is lured or forced into this crime industry.
Praying that this is a priority for the US government. And as Tom Davis states on his blog, we need to "greatly hope the President could advance anti-trafficking legislation and policies that both political parties could back and pass into law."
This morning the International Justice Mission (IJM) is applauding President Obama for his words proclaiming January 2011 as anti-trafficking month and his statement: "From every corner of our nation to every part of the globe, we must stand firm in defense of freedom and bear witness for those exploited by modern slavery."
Now the IJM is asking for 25,000 people to sign a petition asking the President to end modern day slavery.
I urge you to please visit the above link and sign this petition. Let's keep this social issue at the TOP of the President's priority list!