National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day fall on January 11th of each year. It was designated as a day of awareness by the U.S. Senate, and later followed by the United Nations, to bring attention to the real life horrors that are brought about by the forced movement of human being for profit.
The illegal trafficking of human beings is not a new phenomenon. It has been practiced in many societies for thousands of years. Today, it is nothing less than modern day slavery that is a worldwide problem that is growing at an astonishing rate.
The numbers are startling. It has been reported that over 20 million men, women, and children are presently held in bondage, and according to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficking generates an estimated $32 billion in profits around the world each year.
What surprises many people is that much of the human trafficking, including forced labor, servitude, the involuntary sex trade, and bondage due to debt is not limited to 3rd world countries. Much of it takes place in the United States and other developed countries. Although there are strict laws that make human trafficking illegal, it still occurs more than you might imagine.
Human Trafficking Awareness Day highlights several issues that most people never see, or see but not realize what is actually happening.
Listed below is a list of facts that you should know about human trafficking.
(1) Men, women, and children are illegally transported in and out of countries on a daily basis to work as servants and slaves.
(2) Women are forced into prostitution or forced to perform in pornographic movies.
(3) It is estimated that over 2 million children are sold into the sex trade as prostitutes or forced into child pornography each year.
(4) In the United States and countries around the world, the average age of a child that has been forced into the sex trade is 13.
(5) Both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals are actively involved in human trafficking.
(6) Human traffickers are often brutal and will stop at nothing to make a profit.
(7) Human trafficking victims are often locked up, chained, beaten, and sometimes killed by their traffickers.
(8) You may feel safe and secure in your surroundings but someone you love can easily become a victim.
(9) Most people think of human trafficking as organized crime, but in many cases it is carried out by a lone person or small groups of people.
(10) State and local law enforcement officials, community organizers, church leaders, are working with the FBI to fight the rising tide of human trafficking throughout the United States and around the world.
It takes time, valuable resources, and your help to identify human rights violations within your community. You can do your part by contacting your police department if you think there is human trafficking going on in your neighborhood.
Article 3 of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons
Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced lab our or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
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