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Human Trafficking is a growing problem internationally

January 14, 2019

JANUARY IS NATIONAL SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH

Human trafficking is a crime in persons are  forced,  frauded or coerced to perform labor, services or commercial sex. It affects all populations: adults, children, men, women, foreign nationals and U.S. citizens, and all economic classes. T

The United States Senate established National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in 2007 to raise awareness in the United States about human trafficking and national slavery because modern slavery is not something that just occurs in other countries.

In the Senate Resolution establishing Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the U.S. refuses to let human trafficking exist in the United States and around the world and commits to actively oppose all individuals, groups, organizations, and nations who support, advance, or commit acts of human trafficking.

FACTS ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING:

Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

  • Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, as countries of origin, transit or destination - or even all three.

  • Trafficking often occurs from less developed countries to more developed countries.

  • Most trafficking is national or regional, but long-distance trafficking does occur.

  • Europe is the destination for victims from the widest range of destinations, while victims from Asia are trafficked to the widest range of destinations.

  • Human trafficking can be found in a favorite restaurant, a hotel, downtown, a farm, or in a neighbor’s home.”

  • 4 million women and girls and 9.5 million men and boys are caught in the human trafficking web.

  • Refugees are a major target of traffickers.

  • More than 14 million people are being trafficked for labor.

  • After drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the second largest criminal industry in the world, and is the fastest growing.

Raising public awareness is an important element in the fight against human trafficking.  We all are important eyes and ears in identifying and reporting Human Trafficking activities.  The National Human Trafficking Hotline number is -888-373-7888 or text 233733 to report actual or suspected Human trafficking activity.

 

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