Today our education in human trafficking began in earnest. After a quick stop at Starbucks to keep the troops well-caffeinated, we headed to the A21 Campaign office for a 3-hour debriefing on human trafficking from Phil Hyldgaard. After that, we had an amazing as always Greek lunch, then packed up some lunches (taping together croissants and juice boxes) to send to the detention center where women found without papers (some of whom may have been trafficked) are kept. Following some brief free time, we grabbed some gyros and headed back to Philadelphia Church to watch the movie “Human Trafficking” (available on Netflix and highly recommended for understanding this issue further).
The team is still processing what we learned and experienced today (it was a rather emotional day) so we’ll post some reactions tomorrow. In the meantime, here are a few notes from our meeting with Phil:
- Trafficking is when people are treated as property, bought and sold, and forced to work.
- At $32 billion per year, more humans are sold than drugs each year. One trafficker has said that people are cheaper, can be sold more than once, and are easier to transport.
- 27 million people are in slavery today, 99% of whom are never rescued (or at least not yet!) and 80% of whom are women and children
- The average age of a trafficking victim is 14-years-old.
- 25% of global sex trafficking victims come from Eastern or Southern Europe
- There are an estimated 40,000 sex trafficking victims in Greece today.