There are more slaves today than at any other time in history.
As I continue to research human trafficking with my students, I continue to be knocked off of my feet by the horrors of this industry. The proximity of it is equally as horrifying. Atlanta as a hub? I struggle with knowing how to approach the topic with my students. They are clearly passionate about it, but what does it look like to expose them to issues that are “age-appropriate?” For example, one of my students this week said, “I’m going to the airport this weekend. I’m going to look for slaves.” One thing I know to be true: with the reality of so much suffering also comes the assurance of hope. There is light shining in this dark place. More and more people and organizations are taking action against sex trafficking in Atlanta and the world. Coming up in ATL…
Are they too young to really understand? Should they know? After watching the trailer for this documentary, I know I can’t bring my students to see it, but the tension is that they are the same age or older than many of the victims…it’s a reality too risky to avoid.
“Justice is what love looks like in public”–Cornel West