As of a September 2022 report on the global estimates on modern slavery, more than 27 million people are in forced labor. Out of those people affected, approximately 1 million are in the United States. Rob’s guest, Diana Mao, describes why the issue of human trafficking is so prevalent and what can be done to fight this problem.
Diana is the Co-founder and President of the Nomi Network. Nomi Network is a leading non-profit organization bridging the private, public, and non-profit sectors through enterprise and education to end human trafficking. Their mission is to end human trafficking by creating pathways to safe employment, empowering women and girls to break cycles of slavery in their families and communities.
Diana shares a powerful, personal story of why she decided to join the fight against human trafficking. She dispels the myth that “trafficking does not happen in the United States, and explains why it’s such a difficult concept for people to grasp in the United States. When it comes to trafficking in poverty-stricken countries like India, Diana explains that poverty and economic marginalization are the main drivers. She shares that people in these countries have a mindset that “humans are disposable.” Diana describes the many different programs Nomi offers to women and girls across the globe, mostly focusing on supporting them through economic stability via safe career opportunities. When it comes to being inspired and not becoming discouraged, she shares that she looks at all the women on the front lines as her “sheroes”, her female heroes. Finally, Diana shares her big goals for the future of her organization, as well as for the future of fighting against human trafficking in general.
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