Today, millions of lives around the world are in the grip of injustice. More children, women, and men are held in slavery than over the course of the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade. Millions toil in bondage; their work and even their bodies are the property of an owner.
Human trafficking generates profits in excess of twelve billion dollars a year for those who, by force and deception, sell human lives into slavery and sexual bondage. Nearly two million children are exploited in the commercial sex industry. The AIDS pandemic continues to rage, and the oppression of trafficking victims in the global sex trade contributes to the disease’s spread.
In many countries around the world, pedophiles find that they can sexually violate children with impunity. Although police should be protectors, in many nations their presence is a source of insecurity for the poor. Suspects can be held interminably before trials and imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.
The land rights of women are violated on a massive scale worldwide, but with particular ferocity in Africa, leaving widows and other women in vulnerable positions, unable to care for themselves or their children. Around the world, women suffer the double indignity of rape and seeing their perpetrators face no consequences for crimes of sexual violence.
Often lacking access to their own justice systems and unable to protect themselves or their families from those more powerful, it is overwhelmingly the poor who bear the burden of these abuses.
These people need a defender. In February, Kutoa will be supporting partners who are working with and advocating for those who are being treated unjustly, whether politically, economically, or socially.