Many people are aware that there is still modern day slavery in the world today, and even though it is prevalent and noticeable in our lives, very few people are able to recognize it or take it seriously because it seems like such a rarity.
There are several ways that people are put into modern day slavery in the world today, whether it be by physical labor or by sexual exploitation, or many other forms and factors that slavery materializes itself in.
One woman recently brought to light the disparity of how common people perceive modern day slavery to be versus how common it truly is.
It all happened when a doctors started to roll his eyes and act skeptical when a woman came to him and said that she had a tracker inside or her arm. Dr. A immediately though that she was just another crazy person that they would need to get out of the hospital, but there was something much more potent to her claim than her previously anticipated.
They brought her in anyways, and surely enough on her arm they found a small cut, where there was a device about the size of a grain of rice stuck inside her.
Dr. A recalled the situation stating that, “Embedded in the right side of her flank is a small metallic object only a little bit larger than a grain of rice — but it’s there. It’s unequivocally there. She has a tracker in her. And no one was speaking for like five seconds — and in a busy ER, that’s saying something.”
The tracker was known as a radio frequency identification chip (RFID) which is also commonly used for animals to track dogs and cats.
When they asked the woman how this tracker came about to be in her, the story was chilling. She was in her twenties and living with her boyfriend who had been selling her other men for money which she ended up always giving to him anyways.
This was a perfect case of human trafficking, a form of modern day slavery.
It will surprise you how common it is in the world too. There are over 20.9 million people in the world today that are direct victims of human trafficking, and even more that are indirectly affected by it.
A lot of times, human trafficking happens right under people’s noses without them even getting a sense that it is there. In fact, about 87.8 percent of human trafficking victims, while they were enslaved, were being seen or had been seen by a healthcare provider at some point.
There are many organizations and foundations out there that are trying to stop human trafficking in any way they see possible, however it is not only difficult but costly to address and fix a problem on the scale that is necessary. If you see something, say something. It could save a life.
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