India has the greatest number of ‘Modern Day Slaves.’  HUMAN TRAFFICKING is the fastest growing crime world wide.  More people each year are becoming aware of this reality, but rarely-do we see such gut-wrenching evidence as in the first ever GLOBAL SLAVERY INDEX, released by the ‘WALK FREE FOUNDATION.’  The index reports:  The country with the largest estimated number of people in modern day slavery is INDIA—Estimated to having 13,300,000 and 14,700,000 people enslaved.  It also estimates that there are 29.8 million individuals trapped in the ravages of slavery around the world, higher than researcher Kevin Bales’ widely accepted estimate of 27 million.  This means nearly half of all the girls, boys, women, and men enslaved in the world are in India, where INTERNATIONAL PRINCESS PROJECT and their partners work passionately to bring freedom to those in bondage.  PRINCESS PROJECT is right in the middle of the fight.  Human Trafficking expert, and former director of International Justice Mission’s work in India, John Richmond says “International Princess Project is right at the epicenter…at ground zero of this global atrocity. I shudder to think of the day to day realities of those enslaved around the world. As clear as if it were yesterday. I remember the faces I saw as I walked through red light districts in INDIA.  Through air filled with hopelessness and despair.  I heard the pitter of little feet as the children of these young girls and women ran through their playground—a brothel.”

“Thankfully, there is another story as well. I have looked into the eyes of those whose freedom has been restored and I have seen them sparkle.  I have heard the laughter of girls and ladies whose lives have been redeemed.  I have touched the faces of young children who now play in a safe community.  And I have sat in the homes of families once caught in generational slavery whose freedom has ended the cycle!

These new Global slavery Index Statistics only add fuel to the fire of our commitment, and we invite you to join the fight to end Human Trafficking, end Modern Day Slavery and bring the light of hope to those in darkness for freedom.   Julie Wood, Director of International Princess Project, 10-18-13





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