At age six, James Kofi Annan was sold into slavery in Ghana.
"Living in constant fear that engulfed me every day of my life. Sometimes you wake up and you wish you didn't wake up," said Annan as he spoke to a crowd on Thursday night.
He escaped after seven years. Today, his mission is to educate and to work to end child slavery.
"Well I believe that the issue of modern day slavery is not too far away from all of us. There is a need for all of us to get involved. In terms of getting knowledge of the issue. In terms of finding ways to get involved."
Human trafficking is a global issue, and it's happening in Nebraska.
"It was a surprise to me. I tend to think of it happening in South East Asia or in Africa," said Jean Cahan.
Cahan had just learned thousands of Nebraskans are enslaved-- making it a bigger problem than most people even realize.
"I've met a lot of people who have been surprised by the by the revolutions of human traffic in America," said Annan.
Annan added, "Human trafficking and the enslavement that goes with it is, I think one of the most insurmountable problems in the world today."