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Letter: 40 million are trapped in slavery 2020 report says

Letter: 40 million are trapped in slavery 2020 report says

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Everyone deserves to be free but over 40 million people are trapped in slavery today. On June 25, the U.S. State Department released the 2020 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The TIP Report sheds light on this hidden crime and ranks 187 countries including the U.S., on their efforts to combat it.

As Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission says, “Nothing happens just because we are aware of modern-day slavery, but nothing will ever happen until we are.”

With the truth out there for all to see, we can no longer look away. Our members of Congress have the chance to rise above the partisan bickering of the day and recommit themselves to protecting the integrity of the TIP Report and the American-led programs that help rescue slaves and put their perpetrators behind bars.

We’re counting on you, lawmakers, to use your voice and tip the scales towards justice. If we can summon sufficient political courage, we can end slavery in our lifetime.

Janet Greer

Hickory NC

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