This post is written by Rachel, one of our spring 2012 Mochaterns. You can check out more of what they are up to at the Mochatern tumblr!
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Most people try to play ignorant when it comes to slavery. They don’t believe that it exists anymore. What these people don’t realize is, slavery still exists and it’s everywhere.
Human trafficking is a “form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.” This exists all over the world in the form of sex trafficking and labor trafficking. It occurs all over the world including in Africa, Europe, Asia, and yes, even the United States. Over 27 million people around the world are enslaved with no hope of getting out. It is our turn to give them that hope.
Our society throws around words like “pimp” not understanding what that word actually means. It is time to become educated on human trafficking that is occurring around the world and in our own backyard.
I challenge you, Mocha Club members, to go to www.slaveryfootprint.org and see how many slaves it takes to support your lifestyle. I was shocked and embarrassed by my score, but I am not going to let that get to me. Instead, I want to use that feeling to spur a passion to do something now to change that.
As a member of Mocha Club, we are all working together for the same purpose: to make a difference in Africa and the world. I encourage each and every one of you to find your footprint, become educated on the issue, and do something to change it.