Slavery is a $150 billion problem that receives almost no attention.


We want to change that. 

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Slavery is a $150 billion problem that receives almost no attention.


We want to change that. 

Read about our impact strategy for the next 12 months

 

More people are enslaved today than at any time in human history. In no country is the practice legal, yet its injustice continues to leave no country or community unaffected. Modern slavery is hidden in red light districts and factories, on fishing boats and farms, through our supply chains and even within our homes.

Slavery’s many labels include human trafficking, forced and bonded labor, sex trade, debt bondage, and domestic servitude. Its tragedy most often affects the vulnerable – men, women, and children alike. Ultimately, modern slavery is characterised by the denial of a basic freedom and human dignity when a victim is exploited for economic or personal gain. 

OUR FOCUS: EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN

It is estimated that over a quarter of the millions of people trapped in slavery today are under the age of 18. Minors are too often the most vulnerable in society and subject to the worst kinds of abuses. Children are sold for sex, trafficked into orphanages to impress donors, and worked long hours for little to no pay in factories, workshops, farms and hotels. At 24 Hour Race we empower young people in Asia to make a difference in the lives of young people across the globe affected by slavery. Our by youth, for youth model is a powerful tool to mobilize funds and awareness against this tragedy.

Our philanthropy continues to address the trafficking of children in Nepal and India, two hotspots in today’s slavery crisis in need of further attention and resources. Working in partnership with the Esther Benjamin’s Trust, our support resulted in a ban on child labor in Indian circuses, effectively closing an established trafficking route of Nepali children into India. Our focus on vulnerable youth in Nepal has extended into its orphanages and child homes. Poor, rural families are manipulated into sending their children to the city for an education and a brighter future, but these children end up in orphanages, abused and paraded around to leverage money from well-intentioned donors. As we bring the 24 Hour Race to new cities, we are also beginning to support children trafficked into Malaysia and those exploited for labor and sex in Vietnam.

Quick facts

35 million

victims of slavery worldwide today.


OVER 55%

of slavery victims today are women and girls.


Over 26%

of slavery victims are under 18 years of age.


Only 44,000

victims are helped annually.


Only 5,500

convictions of traffickers annually.

Slavery in the news


Why take a stand against slavery?

Freedom

When we think of slavery, we think of shackles and chains, the powerful, visible signs of ownership and domination. Yet today slavery is better defined by fraud, coercion, debt bondage, and threats of violence, the mechanisms by which modern slaves are manipulated into exploitation.

As freedom becomes a more universal value in our world, that very same world provides ever more opportunities to deny another human being their agency and dignity in order to leverage personal or economic gain. We can no longer tolerate this assault on justice.

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The Voiceless

Poverty, economic development, lack of education, inequality, access to health care, globalisation - these realities yield countless millions in deeply vulnerable situations. For hope, for their children, and for a chance at a better future, these people are willing to take great risk in search of opportunity. And from the vulnerable come those who are trafficked and enslaved.

Their stories rarely appear in news headlines and their pain is difficult to detect from the street. Slavery today is hidden in red light districts, behind closed factory doors, on distant fishing boats and farms, within homes and embedded in extensive, global supply chains. We have a chance to give a voice to the voiceless, to prove our solidarity with their humanity and right to freedom.

The Price We Pay

35 million slaves is a drag not just on our conscience, but on our collective future. These are 35 million minds that cannot contribute to an increasingly dynamic, innovative global economy, and 35 million consumers that don’t participate in the market.

Exploiting slave labor suppresses wages of legitimate workers, hinders equitable economic development, and distorts the costs we pay for goods and services. In this way modern slavery makes us all complicit in the worst abuse imaginable against a human being. Let’s make a change.

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Operation 24


240 victims and traffickers removed from human trafficking, 2,400 separate locations investigated, 24,000 hours of research. The 24 Hour Race partners with The Exodus Road to deliver a global blow to human trafficking.

Operation 24


240 victims and traffickers removed from human trafficking, 2,400 separate locations investigated, 24,000 hours of research. The 24 Hour Race partners with The Exodus Road to deliver a global blow to human trafficking.

Delivering a global blow to human trafficking

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Every year, more than 600,000 people are trafficked for sex, labour and exploitation.

What is Operation 24?

This year, our movement in Asia wants to make a global impact on the human trafficking industry. From 2017-2018, the 24 Hour Race will partner with The Exodus Road to remove over 240 people, both victims and traffickers, from the human trafficking world. The program, dubbed "Operation 24", will support 24,000 hours of investigation at 2,400 locations across the globe and train 24 national and local law enforcement officers who will rescue survivors and arrest traffickers.

How does the partnership between the exodus road and the 24 hour race actually work?

Our goal is to raise USD 100,000 and advocate the fight against Human Trafficking to over 10,000 students across Asia.

24 Hour Race student participants and volunteers will work together to spearhead Operation 24 through a series of advocacy and fundraising campaigns surrounding our events in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in early December. With advocacy support and funds, The Exodus Road will commence Operation 24 working to support national law enforcement to identify and investigate human trafficking, rescue victims, and arrest traffickers.

Why this and why now?

Since 2010, thousands of students from hundreds of schools across Asia take part in what is now Asia’s largest student-led abolitionist movement, The 24 Hour Race. We've run over 120,000 kilometers and engaged over 11,000,000 people globally in our fight against slavery. However, we are not technical experts at addressing slavery on the grass-roots level. Traditionally, we leave this to smarter people who have committed their lives to addressing the plight of slavery.

Two years ago, we started working with The Exodus Road, which is a Colorado-based nonprofit that fights human trafficking by partnering with local law enforcement to find and free slaves. They are experts. They use advanced technology and trained operatives on the ground to locate victims and traffickers, and conduct raids with local police. Their social workers walk with survivors as they take their first steps into freedom. To date, the Exodus Road has supported more than 850 rescues and 320 arrests of traffickers.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with the 24 Hour Race in the fight against human trafficking. Young people are the chief demographic affected by trafficking, so a student-led movement against slavery is exactly what we need. We can't wait to see what Operation 24 will accomplish for freedom." — Laura Parker, Co-founder and VP of Communications, The Exodus Road.

Operation 24 is the first step in the 24 Hour Race's global ambition to end modern slavery. We have the energy and thirst for justice, but depend on technical partners, such as The Exodus Road, to maximize the positive change we can make to the lives of those who suffer in slavery.

 

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