January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. We must unite our efforts to free victims and stop this crime that’s become ever more aggressive, that threatens not just individuals, but the foundational values of society.” – Pope Francis
Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month was implemented to raise awareness among Americans that human trafficking happens in states and communities across the United States. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will. Victim identification remains a significant challenge to U.S. efforts to prevent trafficking, prosecute perpetrators, and protect victims. Visit the National Human Trafficking Hotline website where you can learn the signs of trafficking, gain information on the types of trafficking. If you or someone you know is being trafficked, call 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733 for free confidential help.
Human Trafficking Background and Overview Facts about Human Trafficking:
- There are an estimated 40.3 million victims of modern-day slavery worldwide. Of these, 25 million are victims of labor or sex trafficking and 15 million are people trapped in forced marriages.
- Unfortunately, stakeholders have increasingly found that individuals in situations of forced migration, such as refugees and unaccompanied children, are particularly vulnerable to labor and sex traffickers.
- Victim identification remains a significant challenge to U.S. efforts to prevent trafficking, prosecute perpetrators, and protect victims.
- During Fiscal Year 2016, the Department of Justice secured convictions against 439 traffickers, a significant increase from 297 convictions in 2015.
- In 2016 the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline had 5,748 cases of trafficking reported in 2016.
To learn more read the anti-trafficking toolkit: http://www.usccb.org/about/anti-trafficking-program/upload/Anti-Trafficking-Toolkit-Final-2018-2.pdf)