By Jena Williams

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Today is a federal holiday for many to honor America’s presidents who made this country great.

Funny fact, even though America had just fought a war to reject unfair treatment and the rule by a monarchy, there were Americans who wanted to make George Washington king of America. He absolutely refused, setting the standard of two terms as president. He did so to firmly remind the people that this is a free country of free men who should have freedom to elect leadership and enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Abraham Lincoln served during the bloody Civil War, signing the Emancipation Proclamation, and freeing millions from slavery through the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

One hundred fifty years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, America is still plagued by slavery. Where at one point there was the Underground Railroad that helped people who were in bondage escape to freedom, now there is an underbelly of society that traffics slaves to those who would harm them.

At no point in the history of the world have there been more slaves than there are today. Latest estimates suggest 27 million slaves in the world today. Lawless people spurn the rights bought by the blood and sweat of our forefathers and continue to make fortunes off the backs of others.

The faces of modern-day slavery might surprise you. In the U.S., many are runaways, who are befriended and ultimately ensnared into becoming sex slaves.  They are trafficked through a circuit of cities to make money for their pimps. Some are local high school and middle school girls, maybe even a neighbor kid or classmate.

Truckers Against Trafficking involves truckers in the fight to free these victims of today and put their persecutors behind bars.

Truckers, you are in an incredible position to stop modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Because this new form of slavery in America is hidden, the battle must play out differently. It will be fought in the streets and truck stops and schools and homes. You are key to stopping it. For more information, get involved with Truckers Against Trafficking. Report suspicious behavior to 1-888-373-7888.

And most importantly, to everyone who reads this blog, don’t look away when you see injustice. In America, that’s not how we roll. Thank you truckers for your hard work for America!

Truckers Against Human Trafficking: http://www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org/

CNN Freedom Project: http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/

NPR: The Hidden Faces of Modern Day Slavery: http://www.npr.org/2012/02/28/147580896/the-hidden-faces-of-modern-day-slavery

Tronie Foundation: http://www.troniefoundation.org/

Crime Victims program at Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: http://www.lni.wa.gov/ClaimsIns/CrimeVictims/

Current legislation: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/282507-senate-votes-to-add-human-trafficking-measures-to-vawa#ixzz2Khtfm7gE

US Laws against human trafficking: http://www.state.gov/j/tip/laws/