January Is Human Trafficking Awareness Month: 4 Ways You Can Help

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human-trafficking-awareness-monthIt may be difficult to believe, but there are an estimated 5.5 million children who are victims of forced labor and child trafficking worldwide. Among that number, thousands of cases have been reported in every state in the United States, with rates being particularly high in California, Texas, Florida, and New York.

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According to the Department of Justice, 83 percent of known trafficking victims in the U.S. are legal residents, with the average age of victims beginning at only 12 to 14.

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These children are bought and sold, forced into prostitution, or made to work at grueling, dangerous jobs such as factory, construction, and farming with little or no pay—many times by people that they know and trust.

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

To help put an end to this horrible social problem, UNICEF has launched the End Trafficking project with the goal of improving global awareness and action.

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Here are 4 ways that you can put your voice and energy towards eliminating this horrific practice:

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Get Involved. Join or start a UNICEF group in your local community or place of business. If you have high school or college-aged children, encourage their school to become part of the initiative by visiting unicefusa.org/highschool or unicefusa.org/campusinitiative for more information.

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Reach out. Influence the life of a young girl or boy in your community by volunteering as a tutor or mentor. Get connected to an organization near you at mentoring.org.

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Find out how human trafficking involves you. Slavery Foot print’s website allows consumers to understand how their purchases may connect them. Take the site’s survey and use their action center and mobile app to raise your voice for ethically sourced products. Visit slaveryfootprint.org.

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Keep Learning. Visit unicefusa.org/endtrafficking and notmylife.org to learn more about what UNICEF and other organizations are doing to protect children.

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In addition to the ways mentioned above, you can also:

 

  • Find out much more about human trafficking and over20 additional ways to make a difference by checking out UNICEF’s trafficking fact sheet.
  • Visit UNICEF’s website for the End Trafficking Project.
  • Connect with the initiative on Facebook
  • Connect on Twitter with @EndTraffick @UNICEFUSA and join/follow the discussion using the hashtag: #EndTrafficking
  • Subscribe to the UNICEF channel on YouTube
  • The National Human Trafficking Hotline number is 1-888-373-7888. Callers can report potential cases, get help, or request information and training. This 24/7 toll-free hotline is 100% confidential.

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The End Trafficking project is the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s initiative to raise awareness about child trafficking and mobilize communities to take meaningful action to help protect children. In partnership with concerned individuals and groups, the End Trafficking project aims to bring us all closer to a day when there are ZERO exploited children.

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I am a proud member of the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.

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12 Comments

  • this is crazy …. up until a few months back I really believed that it was something that happened in the movies … it is scary to think of all these children being taken into human trafficking Thank you for sharing this with us!
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    • MELISASource says:

      Greetings Arelis – you are not alone, as I thought the same thing because it’s something that does not get the media attention that it needs to. My wish is that more awareness can be raised so that it can come to an end. Thank you so much for sharing here with me.

  • jsncruz says:

    This is a silent but terrible problem in my country (Philippines). Awareness for it, I believe, is increasing but there’s still SO much work to be done to prevent this cruel thing to happen to our fellow human beings.
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    • MELISASource says:

      Greetings jsncruz! You are absolutely right–there is so much more work that needs to be done to put an end to this horrible problem. No one should ever have to experience this. ~Thank you so very much for sharing here with me!

  • Kim says:

    Beautiful post, it has made me a lot of thinking… charity should be more popular in the western civilization, we are responsible for our poor brothers and sisters in the 3rd world and in our street as well…
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  • great post- most people don’t know how many people this affects- thank you!
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  • I never realized this was such an issue until some students in one of my classes started talking about a PR campaign they were doing to help a local non-profit focusing on stopping human trafficking. It’s amazing because it just doesn’t seem like something that would happen in the U.S. I never imagined it was such a serious problem.
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    • MELISASource says:

      Greetings Kenna! Yes the issue of human trafficking does not get the media attention that it should at all. I too was shocked to here the percentages of cases in the U.S. My hope is that more is done to bring attention to the problem so that real change can happen. ~Thank you so much for sharing here with me!

  • Patrick says:

    Doesn’t seem like there could possibly be that many children here in the U.S. living in such conditions. Thanks for spreading the word!
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    • MELISASource says:

      Greetings Patrick! Yes absolutely–I was shocked at the numbers myself. My hope is that more awareness is raised on this important issue to eliminate it once and for all. ~Thank you so much for sharing here with me!

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