Talking Points


If you find yourself talking about slavery in front of a group, sometimes it can be hard to find exactly what to say. Slavery isn’t a naturally easy topic, even if you have strong feelings about it, but it is one it’s important to talk about. Here are a few talking points you can use.

  • We think of slavery as something that ended in the civil war, but it still goes on.
  • There are thousands of slaves in the world and millions worldwide. Every day, thousands become slaves for the first time; every decade, more people are enslaved than were enslaved in the four hundred years of the African slave trade.
  • Some slaves are kept for forced labor, others, for prostitution. Sometimes they are kidnapped by force, sometimes by fraud. When they’re brought across international borders, it’s “trafficking,” and that’s what the media and government tend to call slavery today.
  • Trafficking victims are by definition taken to foreign countries. There they lack legal status and become incredibly disposable. If they are trafficked for prostitution, they can usually expect repeated rape prior to being sold to customers.
  • Of the 800,000 slaves trafficked internationally each year, up to 50% are underage and up to 80% are women.
  • Although the United States is primarily a destination country for trafficking victims, women in this country are also kidnapped and sold internationally.
  • It is relatively easy to smuggle trafficking victims into the U.S., notably via Indian Reservations on both borders and through underground tunnels on the Mexico-U.S. Border.
  • Slavery should be reported via the national trafficking hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
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