"HUMANS ARE ONLY ONE OF MANY THINGS, AND ALL THESE THINGS LONG TO LIVE, AND THE HIGHEST FORM OF LIVING IS FREEDOM: A MAN TO BE A MAN, A CLOUD TO BE A CLOUD, BAMBOO TO BE BAMBOO."
- RICHARD FLANAGAN
The number of people in forced sexual exploitation – the population of New Zealand. The vast majority are women and children.
people are currently in slavery, more than any other time in history.
Of victims of forced commercial sexual exploitation are female. Around 20% are children
Freedom, the highest form of living yet there are millions of people who do not have it. We live in a world where vulnerable people are lured away from their families with promises of money and a better life. Once in the hands of traffickers, they’re deceived, coerced, and blackmailed into lives of commercial sexual exploitation, often NEVER to see their families again.
Only 2% will ever be rescued, and the ones who are have to endure not only the difficultly of coping with what they’ve been through, but also facing their perpetrator, often standing only feet away to bring them to justice in court.