Human trafficking Awareness Day is dedicated to raising awareness of sexual slavery and human trafficking worldwide. It started in 2007, when the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Although it is a U.S. initiative, the United Nations has begun to highlight this topic and is working towards global awareness.
Here are some statistics from the International Justice Mission:
Today, millions of lives around the world are in the grip of injustice.
More children, women and men are held in slavery right now than over the course of the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade: Millions toil in bondage, their work and even their bodies the property of an owner.
Trafficking in humans generates profits in excess of 32 billion dollars a year for those who, by force and deception, sell human lives into slavery and sexual bondage. Nearly 2 million children are exploited in the commercial sex industry. The AIDS pandemic continues to rage, and the oppression of trafficking victims in the global sex trade contributes to the disease's spread.
In many countries around the world, pedophiles find that they can abuse children with impunity. And though police should be protectors, in many nations, their presence is a source of insecurity for the poor. Suspects can be held interminably before trials, imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.
The land rights of women are violated on a massive scale worldwide, but with particular ferocity in Africa, leaving widows and other women in vulnerable positions unable to care for themselves or their children. Around the world, women suffer the double trauma of rape - and seeing their perpetrators face no consequences.
Often lacking access to their own justice systems and unable to protect themselves or their families from those more powerful, it is overwhelmingly the poor who are the victims of these brutal forms of abuse.
Facts about Human Trafficking Awareness
Each year, nearly 2 million children are exploited in the global commercial sex trade. (UNICEF)
27 million men, women and children are held as slaves. (Kevin Bales, Disposable People)
1 in 5 women is a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. (U. N. Development Fund for Women)
According to UNICEF, 2 million children are estimated to be trafficking victims of sex trade each year.
The average age of a girl being forced into the US domestic sex slavery market is 13.
The average cost of a slave around the world is $90.
What can you do?
Talk to children about strangers and make sure they memorize important addresses and phone numbers.
Donate to an organization that fights human trafficking.
You can find such organizations on my End Slavery page.
Save 888-373-7888 to your phone. This is number to the National Human Trafficking Resources Hotline. This hotline will help you:
– Identify local community resources to help victims
– Give you contact information so that you can reach out to them
– Coordinate with local social service organizations to help protect
and serve victims so they begin process of restoring their lives