OLYMPIA, Wash. — Rani Hong is a survivor of child trafficking and a leading voice helping survivors of slavery worldwide. She was in New York City last weekend when the 193 members of the United Nations adopted a resolution to take immediate measures to reduce human trafficking and by 2025 end trafficking in all forms.
When Hong was 7 years old, she was taken from her family in Southern India and sold to a slave master.
“I remember those days of pain and desperation and no hope,” Hong said. “The traffickers and the masters who were in control basically said ‘Nobody will ever listen to you, stop crying.'”
Hong is proud of the progress that started in 2002 when Washington state became the first state in the country to put measures in place to stop human trafficking. Now all 50 states take part. World leaders showed interest in putting an end to the crime as well last weekend.
“It was just that sense of ‘Wow.’One individual person can make a difference if we choose to stand out and be able to help change the world,” Hong said.
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