By Liane Membis, CNN
It seems impossible.
Human trafficking cases, blind promises of freedom, forced prostitution rings — these aspects of modern-day slavery come to light all too often.
Estimates of the number of slaves worldwide range from about 10 million to 30 million, according to policymakers, activists, journalists and scholars. Approximately 100,000 victims are in the United States, working as slaves inside homes, in agricultural fields, in the sex industry and other places, according to the U.S. Department of State’s 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report.
That’s millions of women, children and men struggling to escape captivity. That’s millions of people wondering what it means or what it would take to be free again.
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Tennessee governor signs bills to fight human trafficking
Tennessee’s governor is following other states in the fight against human trafficking by singing into law bills that would combat the issue, KnoxNews.com reports.
The new legislation will help to establish a hotline in the state for victims or witnesses to report suspected cases of human trafficking. The bills also strengthen penalties against individuals who promote the prostitution of minors.
Supporters of the bills say that the bills help call attention to modern-day slavery in the United States. FULL POST
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