On today's show, Adrian and Ethan continue last week's discussion of human trafficking. We also bring our listeners an earlier interview with actress Laurie Holden and her efforts to end child slavery.
Trafficking is one of the largest issues facing humanity today. Traffickers exploit vulnerabilities — and being a child is an inherent vulnerability.
According to UNICEF every two minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation. 1.2 million children alone are being trafficked every year.
The US Department of Labor estimates that 71% of the 218 million children engaged in worst forms of child labor work in agriculture, including farming, livestock, forestry, fishing and aquaculture. These children lose out on education while risking injury or even death. Child labor in agriculture is a global issue that is harming children and damaging the agricultural sector by perpetuating rural poverty.
In the United States and around the world, tobacco continues to be one of the most common crops that relies on child labor. Currently, at least 15 countries use child labor to harvest this hazardous crop.
This brings us to our interview with Laurie Holden...
Laurie Holden is an American-Canadian actress and human rights activist. She is known for her work on The Walking Dead, The Boys, Proven Innocent, Dragged Across Concrete, The Americans, The Shield, X-Files, and, of course, as Debra Campbell on Highlander: The Series.
Laurie is also a human rights activist, and dedicates much of her time and effort to enriching and protecting the lives of women and children victimized by the sex trade through her philanthropic work with Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating modern day slavery. She volunteered in the field in Cartagena, Colombia with O.U.R., on a mission that helped liberate 55 young sex slaves and brought down notorious sex trafficker Marcus Bronschidle. The successful sting operation was featured on ABC's Nightline and is the subject of an upcoming documentary entitled The Abolitionists.