Every January is human trafficking awareness month, with the 11th being Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Perhaps you are just learning about the issues of slavery going on around our world. You are still able to share through social media and to those you encounter daily about the issues by expressing your heart to them. We can all bring an end to human trafficking the more that people learn about the problems and work towards a solution!
Here are some simple things you can tell people throughout the month:
- Peer-to-peer technology has distributed easy access to images of those who are sold into sexual slavery through pornography, leading to those who are being sold for sex acts. Many underage victims are exploited through sextortion (those who are threatened and coerced to post indecent material). The US has the highest number of servers hosting child abusive materials.
- Modern-day slavery involves possession and control of a person, depriving them of their rights or the freedom to make their own decisions. In the process they are used for profit and are usually transported away from their homes. This control involves sorts of violence, threats, deception, and coercion. There can be instances of debt bondage involved as well.
There are many forms of slavery today from sex trafficking to slave labor to child marriage and child soldiers.
Some slaves do receive pay, but usually have to pay a large portion back to their trafficker or are in such cheap labor that it is not enough to pay for their needs. Usually they endure under harsh working conditions for more than 8 hours a day and are often controlled including where they live and go.
- Modern-day slavery is highest in these countries: Mauritania, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Moldova, Benin, Cote D’Iviore, The Gambia, and Gabon.
- The countries with the most enslaved people are: India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.
- The states that do little to help victims of human trafficking are North Dakota, South Dakota, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Iowa, Michigan, West Virginia, Maine, and Rhode Island.
- The average age of entry into prostitution is 13.
- It costs an average of $90 to buy a slave today, while in the trans-atlantic slave trade of the 1800s, it cost up to $40,000 to buy a slave. Regardless, the value of human life should not have a price on it.
- 55% of those in forced labor are female.
- The movement of victims most often originated in Latin America (31%), Southeastern Asia (26%), and Southern Asia (13%).
- Two-thirds of labor trafficking perpetrators were male, most of whom were in their thirties or forties.
- Between 244,000 and 325,000 American youth are considered at risk for sexual exploitation.
- Common factors rescued victims share in how they were targeted involved some of the following: age, poverty, gender inequality, unemployment, sexual abuse, health and mental health issues, police and political corruption, and high crime.
- It takes up to 48 hours for a runaway to be found by a trafficker.
- Many sex trafficking victims fall in love with their abusive traffickers and often return to them after being rescued.
- Every 3 minutes a person is sexually exploited in the US.
- Every minute a child is sold into various forms of slavery.
- 50% of trafficking victims are less than 16 years old.
- A life span of a person once enslaved in slavery is as little as 3-7 years due to death from abuse, HIV/AIDS, drugs, suicide, attacks, or starvation.
- 1 of every 5 pornographic images is of an underage child. 55% of child pornographic images come from the US.
- In Nepal, 7% of girls are married at age 10, 40% by the time they are 15.
Things you can do this month:
- Love True has a great awareness campaign for January! Be sure to go see about their #itcouldbeme social awareness event here!
- Check out our events page and see what is happening this month that you can attend or do!
- Share info graphs through social media.
- Share our facebook posts and tweets!
- Start a fundraiser towards your favorite anti-trafficking organization.