Photo Credit: Lynn Savarese, New Abolitionists
The 39th President of the United States Jimmy Carter has joined the ranks of the New Abolitionists
. A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, President Carter is a life-long humanitarian activist and passionate defender of the human rights of women and girls. He is also a staunch advocate for enacting laws and policies that target the demand for prostitution as an effective way to end sex trafficking.
As President Carter rightfully observes: "The abuse of women around the world is the worst, unaddressed issue that the world faces today. Even in the United States, human slavery now is greater than it ever was during the 18th and 19th century. In Atlanta, Georgia, we have between 200-300 girls sold into sexual slavery every month."
The New Abolitionists
campaign is designed to raise awareness about human trafficking. The New Abolitionists
are a diverse group of visionaries, including survivors of human trafficking and leaders in the non-profit and business sectors, government, media, faith-based communities, sports and the arts. The project was conceived by photographer Lynn Savarese and the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition and is sponsored by Sanctuary for Families and the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.