Right on our doorstep

So yesterday was January 11th which was the birthday of Mary J Blige and Rod Taylor (the actor from ‘The Birds’)

But more significantly than that (sorry guys) it was National Human Tafficking Awareness Day.

Human Trafficking has been the subject of quite a few discussion between Brittany and I recently, mostly because Brittany is writing her dissertation on the subject.

If you are anything like me you probably thought you were ‘aware’ of human trafficking. But I wasn’t really.

I thought it was something that happened in Asia or somewhere like that but the truth is it is a problem on every continent in the world.

It’s a problem in Northern Ireland! Yeah. Human trafficking right in our own country.

Right now someone is being trafficked in Ireland. Take a second to let that hit you.

I don’t know about you but I think that is beyond shocking.

If human poverty was the big ‘buzz’ problem we were trying to eradicate in the world in the noughties, then human trafficking could well be the same for the 2010’s.

Take a moment and read these crazy statistics and bear in mind that some other reports would have these figures a lot higher.

Maybe. Maybe but really not…maybe we could be forgiven for not doing anything if it was happening in a whole other part of the world. But it’s not. It’s happening here so we don’t just have a responsibility to do something but we are required to.

Just because we are human beings.

As are the millions of woman and men and children that are being tafficked every day.

Let’s make 2011 the year we start to make a dent in the human trafficking industry.

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