National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and I’ve decided to write a blog post with some facts, information and organisations (resources) for you.
What is Human Trafficking…
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against his/her will.
Why does it exist…
According to Human Trafficking hotline webpage “Human traffickers are those who employ force, fraud, or coercion to victimise others in their desire to profit from the existing demand.”
what the difference between human and sex trafficking?
Sex trafficking is more specific to what the demand is, sex work.
- According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
- U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children
- average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14-year-old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children
- Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries.
How does it happen? A good blog post to check out is from My Sister: https://www.mysister.org/blogs/my-sister-blog/how-trafficking-happens-the-three-stages
With the internet its becoming easier for this issue to happen so lets use the world wide web power for good and stop it! Share this post on social media, share reliable articles and sources about these issues, if you read something in the news share it, also get involved by volunteer and support anti-trafficking efforts/groups, also bring it this issue into schools into your community by the things that have been mention but also educate kids on this issue and what to be aware of. Shop? Slogan T’s are in support organisations like My Sister who’s mission ” prevent sex trafficking, educate communities, empower the population, provide aftercare for survivors, and offer growth opportunities to at-risk youth and women through the sales of our statement-making, ethically-sourced apparel and accessories.
There is a movement happening today on capital hill to pass the he Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, S.1693 (SESTA) (search for this bill at http://www.congress.gov) that will help close the loop on trafficking. More information here: http://mailchi.mp/0d55eec7c475/worldwe-sesta?e=9e380c9648
WEAR YOUR GIRL POWER T-shirt thats helping raise money and awareness to this global and local issue. Believe it or not its in your community, personal I was very shocked to hear that MN is a HUGE “hub” for human trafficking.
Website to check out (& where got most my information):
National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888