The Harsh Reality of Human Trafficking
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons - July 30th - is observed to raise awareness about human trafficking. Human trafficking is a crime appearing in every region of the world. This heinous crime is simply defined as the use of violence, fraud, and exploitation to deceive vulnerable men, women, and children.
Every nation, state, and community must unify to promote and protect the rights of trafficking victims. No effort is too small. We must continue to fight to end human trafficking.
5 NOTEWORTHY FACTS ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
- In 2018, 50,000 victims were detected and reported in 148 countries.
- In 2019, 11,500 cases were reported in the United States and Territories. California, Texas, and Florida had the most cases reported, accounting for 30% of all reported cases.
- 50% of detected victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation.
- Women and girls make up 65% of victims.
- 1 in 3 victims detected are children.
JOIN THE FIGHT
Any of us can join the fight against human trafficking. Here are a few ideas to consider.
Learn the indicators
Human trafficking awareness training is available through the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office). It is important to learn how to Identify and Assist a Trafficking Victim.
Alert the authorities
The National Human Trafficking Hotline connects victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking with services and support for safety. The hotline also facilitates information reporting to the appropriate authorities.
Volunteer in your community
Not sure of where to start? Find training, volunteer opportunities, and awareness efforts by searching the National Human Trafficking Hotline Referral Directory.
We can’t let another day pass us by without trying to be part of the solution. Let’s get started today!
Sources: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime National Human Trafficking Hotline