In the United States, January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. This month is a reminder to bring attention to the issue of human trafficking and the preventative measures that may be implemented.
Human trafficking is contemporary slavery in which persons are exploited for work or commercial sex via force, deception, or compulsion. Human trafficking is a global issue affecting millions of people. The International Labour Organization claims there are 21 million victims globally.
Human trafficking victims are frequently enticed by false promises of a better life or employment, only to become caught in a cycle of abuse and exploitation. They may be compelled to labor in factories, building sites, farms, or the service sector. They may also be pushed into the sex trade when they are coerced into performing sexual activities for financial benefit.
Throughout January, organizations, and people from throughout the nation raise awareness of human trafficking and the efforts that may be taken to prevent it. This involves educating the public about the indicators of human trafficking, publicizing the National Human Trafficking Hotline, and pushing companies to implement anti-trafficking policies and procedures.
Awareness of the indications of human trafficking and reporting any suspicious behavior to the National Human Trafficking Hotline is one strategy to avoid this crime. This might include persons under someone else’s control or coercion, working in unsafe or unhealthy circumstances, or not being permitted to leave their employment.
Supporting firms implementing anti-trafficking policies and procedures is a different method for combating human trafficking. This includes businesses that have developed a supplier code of conduct, perform regular audits of their supply chains, and teach their workers how to recognize and report human trafficking.
Individuals may also support groups that are fighting to prevent trafficking and assist victims, in addition to companies that are against human trafficking. This comprises groups that support victims of human trafficking with refuge, counseling, and legal assistance.
As we observe National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, it is essential to keep in mind that human trafficking is a global issue that impacts millions of individuals. We can work together to build a safer and more just world for everybody by increasing awareness of the problem and taking action to prevent it.
Some additional helpful sources to look into:
- Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches: https://htcpb.org/
- The National Human Trafficking Hotline: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/
- The International Labour Organization (ILO): https://www.ilo.org/global/topics/forced-labour/lang–en/index.htm
- The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons: https://www.state.gov/combating-trafficking-in-persons/