Thursday, January 10, 2013

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month so Wednesday on IWS we did one of our rare serious shows and the topic of the day was Human Trafficking. Our special guest was Katherine who is an activist who has worked for years to help end human trafficking and the flesh trade not just in the US, but worldwide. She was a great guest who did an amazing job of laying everything out for us and our audience wonderfully.

Did you know …

- there are more slaves today (30 Million worldwide!) than at the height of the Atlantic Slave trade?

- a human being can be sold into slavery for as little as $90 USD? (and resold and resold and resold)

- Human Trafficking is a $32 BILLION Dollar a year business? It’s almost as big as running guns and drugs and far less dangerous.

- around 80% of trafficking involves the sex trade? The rest are forced labor, “bonded” labor and even people used to harvest human organs?

- around 50% of trafficked people are children?

- the punishment for selling a child is far less severe than getting caught with or selling drugs or a gun.

- an estimated 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect.

- UNICEF estimates that 300,000 children younger than 18 are currently trafficked to serve in armed conflicts worldwide.

We discussed these numbers and what they all mean with Katherine. And were then joined by our good friend Dianne who had a few questions of her own. It was a very informative and enlightening show. Check out the show and learn more about this terrible activity and how you can do your part to help stop it. Then visit these sights for even more info …

The Polaris Project

Not For Sale

International Justice Mission


Again, very special thanks to Katherine for being our guest and being so awesome!


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13 comments:

I'm With Stupid said...

Katherine was awesome. Di was awesome, and the show was awesome. Cheers Jayman!!

Matt-Man

katherine. said...

Thank you for the opportunity to let more people know about the growing problem of human trafficking...and for the kind words.

Diane was great to talk with...we may have recruited her to join the fight.

Cheers.

Fortune Cookies said...

My strategy to fight being kidnapped and sold into a human trafficking ring is to stay fat. Fat people are hard to kidnap. So I'm thinking I'm pretty darn safe.

Edita said...

This is horrible :(


Edita
http://www.pret-a-reporter.co.uk

Dianne said...

you guys are wonderful and awesome is exactly what the show is and what Katherine is
and she's right, I've been recruited
I've found my local chapter of IJM and they appear to really need help so I'll see how I can help them
I shared your link on my blog today

love youse guys

I'm With Stupid said...

Matt-Man: We can actually be proud of that show! ha

Jay

I'm With Stupid said...

Katherine: Thanks and anytime! Glad we could do it.

Jay

I'm With Stupid said...

Fortune Cookie: That's totally my plan too. It's working.

Jay

I'm With Stupid said...

Edita: Yes it is. It's so very upsetting and depressing.

Jay

I'm With Stupid said...

Dianne: We are pretty awesome, aren't we? HA! Thanks for calling babe!

Jay

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