Estimated number of people worldwide who are currently in slavery, according to the United Nations. In their annual trafficking report, the U.S. State Department recently downgraded Russia and China because of their lack of effort in combating human trafficking.
The two countries join others such as Syria and North Korea in Tier 3, which are nations “whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so.”
Source: Baptist Press
Participants in the largest Mormon missionary force ever, who will leverage online tools more frequently, according to the LDS Church. While their door-to-door work is not disappearing, the group does plan to utilize social media more to locate possible converts.
Chapels, which had previously been locked during the week, will be open to missionaries to give tours to interested non-Mormons and to access wifi for use in online evangelism.
Source: Salt Lake City Tribune
Percentage of American employees who are engaged and inspired at work, according to Gallup. The rest? Not so much. More than half (52 percent) show up, but their job doesn’t generate much excitement for them. The remaining 18 percent actively spread discontent and dissatisfaction.
Many employers are attempting to counteract this with tangible office perks, but one of the most coveted benefits for workers is a creative culture of teamwork in the office. The workplace environment was second, behind only salary, in factors for job satisfaction.
Number of minor children with an incarcerated parent, which a new Sesame Street character was created to reach. Alex, a child whose father is in prison, was introduced in a video included in the online interactive, “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration.”
According to Pew, in 2010, more than half of the incarcerated population was a parent to a minor. One out of every 28 American children (3.6%) have a parent in jail or prison. Only 25 years ago, the number was 1-in-125.
Source: Pew Research
Percentage of people around the world who say global climate change is a major threat to their country, which makes it the issue seen as greatest threat. While Canada, the Asia/Pacific region and Latin America placed it at the top of their concerns, climate change ranked near the bottom in the U.S. at only 40 percent.
The second most common global threat was international financial instability (52 percent), which was at the forefront of minds in Europe. Islamic extremist groups were the third most concerning global issue (49 percent), while it ranked first for America and Africa (both at 56 percent).
Source: Pew Global