Modern day slavery exists.
In our world today, an estimated 27 million people live in slavery. Though most people hold the belief that we already abolished slavery in this country, there are more slaves now than at any point in history. Human trafficking—the illegal trade of human beings for commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor—is the second largest international crime industry, generating profits of $32 billion a year.
Human trafficking happens in our own backyard.
Each year around 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year, and between 300,000-500,000 American-born children are coerced into child prostitution. The San Francisco Bay Area, our own backyard, is a major hub for human trafficking. It’s occurring in restaurants, hotels, strip clubs, massage parlors, people’s homes, the streets, and other locales.
Survivors have nowhere to turn.
Most U.S. communities do not have dedicated safe houses to address the needs particular to survivors of human trafficking. Many shelters only offer short term housing and have few spaces available. Unfortunately some survivors return to their former lives of bondage because they feel like they don’t have anywhere else to turn.
Freedom House offers a solution.
Freedom House opened the first “safe house” of its kind in Northern California, pioneering a model of empowerment and aftercare for human-trafficking survivors that is breaking the chains of slavery. Find out more about our programs and services in About Us. In the meantime, we would like to share stories of hope from survivor-graduates of the Monarch shelter and aftercare program through this video.
Learn more about the modern abolitionist movement by visiting these sites:
International Justice Mission
Free the Slaves
Call and Response
CNN Freedom Project
Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition
San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking
South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking