Human Trafficking Awareness Month – January 2020
Globally human trafficking affects people of all ages, races, and genders. In the United States, over 10,000 cases of human trafficking were reported via the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2018. These cases are only a fraction of the problem that circulates around our communities and in our country.
This is a huge problem.
Why do we not hear about it?
Why do we not see it?
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against his/her will. (Ref 2) There are multiple types of human trafficking; the main categories include sex trafficking and labor trafficking.
Under U.S. federal law, “severe forms of trafficking in persons” includes both sex trafficking and labor trafficking:
“Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.” (22 USC § 7102 – Ref 2/3).
“Labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.”(22 USC § 7102 – ref 2/3).
Why is trafficking a problem?
Like any other criminal industry human trafficking is a lucrative business. The demand for cheap labor and commercial sex is extremely high and there is an excess of vulnerable humans to exploit. The lack of awareness and education for law enforcement and the general public is one of the major fuels that keep this industry moving.
What can you do?
Luckily there is a rise in awareness and organizations like Peace Promise are bringing strength and hope to local communities. Ending sexual exploitation and aiding in anti-human trafficking efforts is our mission. You personally also have the power to make an impact.
- Educate yourself about human trafficking and sexual exploitation in your community
- Show support on social media by sharing posts and educational pieces
- Donate time or funds, giving a gift of hope to those currently being trafficked
- Support efforts to end trafficking by purchasing goods made by survivors (SBS) and purchasing fair trade products
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