Attacking Trafficking exists to provide education, awareness and context to the global problem of human trafficking; to build community coalitions to stop enslavement of men, women and children, to care for those victimized and to help prevent the victimization of future generations.
The drawing is a self-portrait by a 15-year old trafficking victim. One of nine siblings in an impoverished and abusive family, "Kala" ran away from home and was sold into a brothel in India, where she was subjected to unspeakable brutality. On hearing that she was going to be trafficked to the Persian Gulf, she managed to escape. With the help of a passerby, she told her story to the police. In spite of threats, she filed a complaint against the brothel keeper and her protectors in court, leading to their conviction and incarceration. "Kala" now lives at a Catholic shelter for rescued girls. Her dream is to become a social worker to help, "Those who are trapped in evil."
150 years ago, a brave president dared to stand up for what he believed was right. On the afternoon of September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, promising that all persons held as slaves within these United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.
Sadly, "forever" hasn't yet begun.
Today slavery still exists, with over 20 million people living in conditions of slavery around the globe, many within our own country. Slavery thrives in a brickyard in India, a boat off the coast of Bangladesh, and in a backyard in Florida, while our international leaders fail to face this growing problem. It's time we make our own proclamation to face slavery and call on our leaders to do the same.
Rev. J. Brian McVey
St Alban's Episcopal Church