Human Trafficking Awareness
Human Trafficking is Modern Day Slavery. Slavery is wrapped up in almost every industry's supply chain, the food we eat, our clothes, and the electronics we buy and love. Men, women, and children are sold into a $150 billion annual market for sex and labor. This is happening globally, nationally, and locally; in hotels, restaurants, and on street corners.
Across the world, traffickers steal children as young as five years old and sell them into forced labor or sex trafficking situations. They are taken away from their families and forced to perform unspeakable acts. Child Trafficking isn't limited to girls, boys are included as well, and the victims could be anyone—your daughter, your son, your neighbor, your friend.
America has a serious misconception that human Trafficking is strictly an international problem. But the reality is that Human Trafficking, one of the world's fasting growing criminal industries, is a horrific issue right here in the United States. In the U. S. child trafficking looks different compared to third world countries. Human Traffickers do not have to steal or take children in the dark of night. Traffickers use social media or children's peers to lure victims into Trafficking. They find vulnerabilities in children and exploit the vulnerabilities for control.
Human Trafficking is a criminal enterprise, second, only to the illegal drug industry, and it exists in every state in our nation. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, "Every two minutes a child from the United States is trafficked for the purpose of human exploitation." It cost an average of $90.00 to purchase a child, and that same child is often forced to have sex 20 times or more a day, six days a week.
Until the demand for child slaves is diminished, commercial sex and labor exploitation among children will continue to grow. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of Human Trafficking globally, including 5.5 million children. Every year 300,000 children are taken worldwide and sold by human traffickers as slaves. Seventeen thousand of those children are in the United States. That is 46 children every day.
The first step we can all take to help end Human Trafficking is to become educated about the issue and talk about it with people we love. In particular, child trafficking and child sex trafficking are not easy topics to discuss with our kids, friends, and community. Although the subject is difficult to talk about, discussion aids awareness and ultimately helps prevent the problem from spreading. ERASE Child Trafficking is focused on raising public awareness about the issue of child trafficking, recovering children who are currently being trafficked, and helping them reclaim their lives.
The 31:8 Project is an organization that works to inform and challenge society to address Human Trafficking issues proactively. Human Trafficking victims lose their voice, and Project 31:8 aims to speak for them – Proverbs 31:8 – speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Visit their website at www.318project.org to learn more.
- Please write or call your legislators and let them know you support a policy that combats human Trafficking.
- Support events that improve awareness in your community, schools, and neighborhoods.
- If you suspect someone is a victim of Human Trafficking, contact the National Human Tracking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. You can also contact local law enforcement by calling 911.
- Empower young people to make the decision to leave an unsafe or suspicious environment.