Barcodes to mark propertyAll around the world today human slavery is still a major problem with girls, boys and young women being taken captive and made to do things that no one should have to do!

Michael Martinez has just written an article for CNN about a young 19 year old woman found with a barcode tattooed onto her wrist in Madrid. This tattoo was forced upon her after she tried to run away from her captors. Along with the barcode tattoo the amount of her debt was also included as part of the tattoo.

An extract of this CNN article can be read below.

(CNN) — A Spanish National Police investigation into two Madrid prostitution rings led to the rescue of a captive 19-year-old woman who was tattooed with a barcode on her wrist after she tried to escape the ring, authorities said Saturday.

The bar code served as a form of identity for the woman and as certificate of “ownership” by one prostitution ring, and beneath the bar code was also tattooed the amount of money she owed the ring, police said.

Held hostage by a pimp, the woman had multiple lesions from being beaten and whipped, and her head and eyebrows were shaven because she tried to flee, police said.

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In all, police disbanded two prostitution rings along Madrid’s Montera Street that were operated by two Romanian nationals — an uncle and his nephew — and authorities arrested a total of 22 people, including the two relatives, in Madrid and Getafe, police said.

When the 19-year-old woman tried to escape, the uncle advised the nephew to tie the woman to a radiator and not feed her, police said.

No one, no matter their age, gender or nationality, should have to put up with such disgraceful treatment. It is encouraging to see the authorities stepping in and bringing some justice into these unjust circumstances!

I encourage you to think about what you can do today and this week to make a difference in the world around you and in the lives of others. Perhaps you can support a charity that is working to set people free and to stop human slavery. Or maybe there is someone in your own life who needs to know their value as a human being.

So ponder what you have in your hand that you can use to be a blessing to others and to make this world a better place.

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