27 million people are enslaved throughout the world.

Let that number sink in a little bit. 27 Million. That’s the population of George AND Florida combined. In the United States, a country created for freedom, there are nearly 200,000 people enslaved. If the number of men, women and children being kidnapped and sold into slavery continues at the current rate, there will be another 17,000 enslaved in the United States alone in 2014.

That’s right, this is happening in our own backyards. This issue was brought to the forefront of conversation this past year during the Super Bowl and the Sochi Winter Olympics. Major sporting events are a hub for human trafficking activity.

I know all about kidnapping. The Mexican drug cartels run rampant throughout my home state and kidnapping happens on both sides of the border more often than you’d expect. Police don’t have the ability to look for everyone, particularly if they don’t know you’re missing.

How, in the year 2014 can this still be an issue? How are women and children disappearing never to be seen or heard from again, and NO ONE is doing anything about it?

We’ve all seen Liam Neeson kicking ass in ‘Taken’ when his teenage daughter and her friend are kidnapped in France and sold into sex slavery. While yes, this movie is entertaining, and I never get tired of hearing Liam Neeson talk, some of what that movie portrays in 100% real.

For those of you who may still be skeptical on the matter, I want you to take a moment to read this post written by Brittney Cason. Brittney is a fellow Sports Professional in the Charlotte area. She was contacted by what she thought was a legit agent looking for her to represent them at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The smart woman she is, Brittney did her homework on the person, agency he represented and all of the information he provided. Even so, she couldn’t find any reason to believe he wasn’t the person he said he was. She applied for her work visa, rearranged her schedule, packed her bags and was ready to leave when a red flag did eventually go off. The man wanted her to invite some of her fellow reporters to come along. (Please visit Here and read the rest of her story).

Think about it, this situation could have been any of us. It could have been my friend, or your sister or brother. It could have been anyone’s child. Had Brittney not had the foresight to do her research, she may never have been seen or heard from again.

So today, February 27th, I urge you to shine a light on slavery. Be it through word of mouth, Social Media, or by drawing a red X on your hand. We can’t turn a blind eye to this anymore.


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