January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month &
Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
What is Human Trafficking?
“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of “labor or services,” such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will. The factors that each of these situations have in common are elements of force, fraud, or coercion that are used to control people. Then, that control is tied to inducing someone into commercial sex acts, or labor or services. Numerous people in the field have summed up the concept of human trafficking as “compelled service.” Every year, human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people around the world, and here in the United States. Human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world.”–Polaris Project “human trafficking overview”
One of the most necessary steps in confronting modern slavery is raising awareness. Educate yourself and share what you know with others, including your children.
“It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name—modern slavery.” –President Barack Obama
“With 100,000 children estimated to be in the sex trade in the United States each year, it is clear that the total number of human trafficking victims in the U.S. reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex trafficking and labor trafficking are aggregated.” –Polaris Project
educational and activating sites: Polaris Project: includes “myths & misconceptions” & “recognizing the signs” & much, much more; National Human Trafficking Resource Center; The Freedom Commons; Not For Sale; and these are only a few sites (feel free to link, in comments, relevant sites or organizations you’ve found)
look for ways to get involved in your community, state, country & globe, whether it be of talent, time, money, and/or legislative!
and check out: “This link features “Alicia Keys, P!nk and Jada Pinkett Smith as they voice thought-provoking poetry written by human trafficking survivors from Girls Educational and Mentoring Services [GEMS].“