Grace Marie Belizario wrote -
We're DIVAS running for a cause. Please support our fundraising efforts to support the work of The A21 Campaign. The mission of this organization is to abolish the injustice of human trafficking in the 21st century through prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships. Our team of 25 (and maybe more) are racing in the DIVA Half Marathon and 5k in September to raise awareness and funds for this cause. Your support is appreciated. If you feel your heart stirring to do even more please feel free to join the fundraising team below. Together we can make a difference.
Read more about A21 here: http://www.thea21campaign.org/content/our-mission/gjebsw
MODERN SLAVERY FACTS:
There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will.
THE AVERAGE AGE OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS IS 12 YEARS OLD.
Women and children are often kidnapped into the industry or sold into it by family under desperate circumstances. The average age of victims continues to grow younger as clients seek "fresh" product.
1-2% of victims are ever rescued.
Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings, mainly for the purposes of forced labor and sex trafficking. As the world’s fastest growing criminal industry, it affects every nation across the globe. Every thirty seconds, someone is forced into this type of bondage—modern slavery.