Sadly, trafficking in human beings is not yesterday's news. Worldwide, it is estimated that more persons are held as slaves today than at the peak of the slave trade. In the US, efforts to address trafficking have intensified in the last two decades.
Sex traffickers prey on the vulnerable for financial gain. They provide girls and women with the "love" they are yearning for and through coercion and manipulation force them to make them money through prostitution.
As we celebrate Women's History Month and lift up the sheroes of liberation, we must free our sisters from sexual slavery. Human sex trafficking is a danger to our communities and a scourge on our souls; it must be stopped.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act has helped many people escape brutal abuse. Sadly, Congress allowed it to expire at the end of its last session. It must reauthorize the act to preserve America's role in abolishing slavery in the 21st century.
This month, in honor of National Human Trafficking and Slavery Prevention Month, NDWA is launching a project aiming to raise awareness about human trafficking of domestic workers, and to build leadership skills of survivors to be their own advocates.
This is not some merely some picayune issue for bureaucrats to fuss over. As Sen. Portman testified, "This is about something much more fundamental, and that's who we are as a people. It's about respecting and protecting human dignity."
I'm acutely aware that as I've had the opportunity to heal and grow, I've been able to experience a freedom that was denied me when I was in the commercial sex industry. Sara Kruzan has never experienced that freedom.