It can feel as if COVID-19 has been circulating for quite a while, but there is another global pandemic that has been affecting the population for even longer and that is human trafficking. Those forced into modern-day slavery are ripped from their families and forced into illegal labor practices.
Humans are being trafficked at an alarming rate as there is currently an estimated 30+ million slaves, worldwide. In fact, a horrifying statistic finds that the black-market industry profits almost $31 billion across the globe. Even more unsettling is that 80% of those trafficked are suffering sexual exploitation. While modern-day slavery can affect anyone, women are disproportionately affected far worse than men, who are typically circulated into being exploited for physical labor.
Slavery was abolished as part of the 13th Amendment in 1865, but unbeknownst to most is the staggering worldwide growth of human trafficking. Hence the inception of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, an observance motioned from President Barack Obama’s 2011 designation in naming January, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
Ways Everyone Can Get Involved in Helping End Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery
Anyone can get involved. There are various anti-slavery organizations, whether local and regional communities, college campus clubs and professional gatherings and peaceful marches as well. You can take advantage of the ability to utilize endslaverynow.org, which is a directory site dedicated to helping people find the anti-slavery organizations right for them.
There are numerous anti-slavery organizations that you can contribute to and anything helps. A few of the top charities fighting to end human trafficking include, but are not limited to, Coalition Against Trafficking Women, Agape International Missions (AIM), the Polaris Project, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NMEC) and Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST).
Teach yourself or help in guiding others. We are in this together. There is a plethora of misconceptions when it comes to human trafficking and modern-day slavery. There is a bevy of free documentaries online, including The Traffickers, an eight-part docuseries on Netflix, and Ghost Fleet, which is available on Prime Video and highlights the war against trafficking in the fishing industry.
Try attending community training or going to peaceful rallies, forums and gatherings. You can also take to social media and wear your blue clothing on January 11 to help build virtual and worldwide awareness, as part of the Blue Campaign, using the tag, #WearBlueDay.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center offers a helpful Action-Means-Purpose (AMA) model. It guides individuals in recognizing potential signs of human trafficking. An ‘Action’ is inducing, recruiting or obtaining a person, ‘Means’ is if the action was performed in a forceful or fraudulent manner, while the ‘Purpose’ is either for commercial sex or labor/services trafficking. Looking for other ways to offer support? You can visit the official site of the NHTH for more information, call the U.S. National Tip Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or contact BeFree Textline at 233733.
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