Human trafficking is a global problem
. . .that knows no borders. Today, around the world, there are more people held in slavery than at the height of the transatlantic slave trade. The United Nations estimates that 12 million people worldwide are exploited through forced labor and the commercial sex trade, and in the U.S. alone, one hundred thousand minors are believed to be victims of sexual exploitation.
What are you going to do about it?
Find out more about the problem of modern-day slavery and how you can help to eradicate it:
- United States Department of Justice
- Characteristics of Suspected Human Trafficking Incidents @ USDOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics
- Human Trafficking @ FBI.gov
- US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
- UNODC on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling
- Global Report on Trafficking in Persons @ UNDOC (pdf)
You can donate money to any of the NGOs listed above to provide support toward education and awareness programs to fight human trafficking or to help rescue and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking.
Find out more and support the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which supports legislation to strengthen the penalties for human traffickers.
Download a letter (pdf) you can sign and give to any travel company you patronize. It asks the company to sign the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.
You can learn more about promoting The Code by visiting – http://ecpatusa.org/take-action/promote-the-code/