There are more slaves in the world today than there were during the transatlantic slave trade.
The latest global estimate according to the International Labor Organization (the United Nations agency that deals with global labor issues), calculates that nearly 21 million people are victims of human trafficking worldwide. Roughly 4.5 million of those victims are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
Many people are unaware of the modern slave trade. Women and children, and even men in some cases, are literally bought and sold like products. In one of the best documentaries ever created on this topic, Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, one brothel owner in Amsterdam compared it to ordering a pizza.
Some people in society actually argue that prostitution is an issue of women’s choice or freedom of expression. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is largely about slavery, greed, manipulation, and control.
I spoke about this topic shortly after learning about human trafficking. To become more aware of this issue, you can listen to the audio of my message and read the notes. However, I would strongly urge you to watch the Nefarious documentary and check out the ministry behind the documentary Exodus Cry.