Greenwich Time.13.January.2019: In an Greenwich Time OpEd, Mary Lee Kiernan discusses the issue of Labor Trafficking and what inidividuals can do to fight against this crime.
Human trafficking, also known as modern slavery, is an egregious crime against humanity. Modern slavery is a complicated web that uses illegal and legal entities to support its work. The International Labour Organization estimates there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally through forced labor, sex trafficking, child marriage and debt bondage that crosses international borders, cultures and industries. It is estimated to be a $150 billion illegal enterprise that is being fought with only $150 million in NGO funding. The financial opportunities are second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime. The numbers are staggering. At YWCA Greenwich, we have served trafficking victims in our Domestic Abuse Services Department.