When you hear the word slavery, you probably think of Colonial America, an injustice that ended with the Emancipation Proclamation.
But the truth is slavery still runs rampant today. In fact, 2.5 million people are enslaved right here in the United States. Laci Carnes is a Bay Area woman on a lifelong mission to stop human trafficking.
"There are more people enslaved today than there have ever been on the planet than at any history in time," Carnes said.
In a couple weeks, she's headed to Ireland on an unpaid internship to work with "IJM," The International Justice Mission. It's something Laci has wanted to do her entire life.
"It's quite literally a dream come true," she said.
Carnes wants people to know that human trafficking isn't just an international problem – it's much bigger.
In Florida, experts believe 3.5 million people are enslaved.
Laci hopes this internship will prepare her to be an activist in her home state.
"There's no way I'm coming back the same person," she said. "I'm going to have experience in a field that is my entire world. I am going to have an in-depth look … this is going to break my heart everyday probably but there's nothing in this world I'd rather do."
Carnes is raising money to help her fund her trip to Ireland. She leaves in September and still has about $8,000 to go.
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