When we mention the word "slavery" most often, here in America, we think back to our sordid history enslaving people to work our southern plantations.
However, around the world, slavery is alive and active. January has been designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month culminating in Human Trafficking Awareness Day today, January 11, 2010.
The 2009 Trafficking in Persons Report says that "The US State department estimates that some 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year and about 80 percent of them are female and at least 50% are children." These statistics do not include the number of people trafficked within a country's own boarders such as the women and children involved in the United State's sex trade.
You can learn more in Madison native, Ben Skinner's, book "A Crime So Monstrous."
For more information and to research some ways you can help, see: The Foreign Policy Blogs.