There are currently about 30 million slaves in the world today. Some estimates range as high as 150 million or more. How many of you knew this? Anyone? Most people do not. Those who do generally believe it is a problem in third world countries, but certainly not here. The reality is that it is just as big of a problem in the United States as any other country. If we knew where to go, we could go buy a slave in Fort Worth or Dallas today. And we could get one by trading in an old bicycle or an old laptop computer. That’s all it would take. And old bicycle…that’s all a slave’s life is worth today. And perhaps the most disturbing thing to realize is that everything we touch today–from the bricks that make up the exterior of our homes, to the wood in our furniture, to the rug on the floors–has been touched by the hand of a slave. And what’s worse, a slave that is treated even more poorly today than those under the old system of slavery we have been discussing and so horrified by. Please watch this brief video on slavery today from the website, Free the Slaves–an organization devoted to ending the slave trade today. What are the differences between the old and new systems of slavery? What are your other thoughts about this ongoing problem?