Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Help us Spread the Word

Today the nation observes Human Trafficking Awareness Day, an opportunity to shed light on the growing issue of modern-day slavery worldwide and throughout the United States. The International Labor Organization estimates that worldwide 20.9 million people are victims of forced labor, trapped in jobs and exploitive conditions into which they were coerced or deceived and which they cannot leave. Human trafficking can also be regarded as forced labor.

Just a few days ago, President Obama declared the entire month of January “Human Trafficking and Slavery Prevention Month,” stating, “As Americans, we have long rejected such cruelty. We have recognized it as a debasement of our common humanity and an affront to the principles we cherish…we have made it a national mission to bring slavery and human trafficking to an end.”

Human trafficking is lucrative and fairly low risk; police arrest records show that young women can be sold to brothel owners in North America for as much as $16,000 each.

In the U.S., an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 women and children are trafficked into this country each year, primarily for the sex industry. Traffickers typically lure women to the U.S. with false promises of jobs as waitresses, nannies, models, and factory workers. The victims are prevented from leaving by security guards, violence, threats, debt bondage, and/or retention of documents.

Data collected by the Human Trafficking Reporting System, which collects information from state and local law enforcement agencies in the U.S., reveals that:

  • 82% of 2,515 suspected incidents of human trafficking between Jan 2008 and June 2010 were classified as sex trafficking cases;
  • 459 individuals (432 female/27 male) were confirmed to be victims of sex trafficking;
  • 83% of sex trafficking victims were U.S. citizens.

The Salvation Army firmly believes that the abuse and exploitation of human beings through any form of human trafficking is an offense against humankind and against God. This commitment emerges from The Salvation Army’s mission – to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination – beginning when founders William and Catherine Booth began protecting women and children from the horrors of the industry in the late 19th century. In 2011 alone, The Salvation Army served 323 victims of labor and sexual trafficking through its victims’ assistance programs based in the United States

The Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking (IAST) is a program of The Salvation Army that exists to help, create and equip the movement for the abolition of sexual trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. This program helps develop and provide information and resources to help other Abolitionists in their efforts to educate the public about the devastating realities of sex trafficking and the effects of life in the sex industry. IAST’s website offers a plethora of resources and ways that you can get involved and join our efforts. Please visit www.IAST.net to get informed, to educate, advocate, and give back!

Join us today by reflecting on Proverbs 31: 8-9:

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

The above facts and statistics were provided by IAST.

 

 

10 Comments on “Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Help us Spread the Word

  1. Free for Life in partnership with Doctors at War has developed a tool to identify victims of trafficking. This tool is now available on the Free for Life website and is Free for anyone to use. You can comunicate asking 12 trafficking and abuse quetions in 47 languages even if you cannot speak the language. Here is the link to the page. Also if you want you can follow us @freeforlifeintl and you can tweet this to all your peeps :)

    http://www.freeforlifeintl.org/get-involved/multilingual-phrase-book

    Colette

  2. I recently went to Passion 2013 and was informed on the injustice of human trafficking. I think this is one of the biggest problems in the world- that needs to be brought to the attention of every human being on this planet. Although there are many non-profit organizations devoted to ending human trafficking and the slave trade- there is always a need for funds and volunteers. James 5 reminds me of the injustice of selling humans for money and the sex trade: “And a final word to you arrogant rich: Take some lessons in lament. You’ll need buckets for the tears when the crash comes upon you. Your money is corrupt and your fine clothes stink. Your greedy luxuries are a cancer in your gut, destroying your life from within. You thought you were piling up wealth. What you’ve piled up is judgment.4-6All the workers you’ve exploited and cheated cry out for judgment. The groans of the workers you used and abused are a roar in the ears of the Master Avenger. You’ve looted the earth and lived it up. But all you’ll have to show for it is a fatter than usual corpse. In fact, what you’ve done is condemn and murder perfectly good persons, who stand there and take it.” Human trafficking is a very real problem in the world- even in America! The church and the United States need to rise up and end this injustice.

  3. You might be interested in a kind of new
    approach to human trafficking by Minnesota-
    based retired NYC detective Jim Rothstein:

    http://www.randomcollection.info/mat-flyer1.pdf

    Jim is hoping his idea will expand to many other
    cities. Please consider it seriously.

    Eleanor White
    Elliot Lake, ON
    Canada

  4. HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS A BAD THING BEING DONE TO HUMAN BEING.ANY ONE WITH THIS BEHAVIOR HE OR SHE RICH OR POOR ;EDUCATED OR NONE EDUCATED EVERYBODY SHOULD FIGHT THIS DEVIL THAT DENY HUMAN RIGHTS!! BEING A SLAVE ,ABUSED, OVER WORKED AND THAT OF YOUR DAY BEING SNATCHED AWAY YOU IS IN THIS STOP!!!!!!! WHEREVER IN : GOVERNMENT INSTITUTE,DENOMINATION AND IN SPORTS AND IN AFRICAN CULTURE, AMERICAN CULTURE INDIANAN AND THE REST.TO ANYONE WHO HAS NOT YET KNOW THE PAIN; THE SALVATION ARMY CHURCH WILL GIVE THE REEL EVIDENCE AND FACTS AND YOU WILL UNDERSTAND AND EVEN YOU SAVE OTHERS FROM THIS DIRTY HANDS OF SATAN (HUMAN TRAFFICKING)

  5. They should really look at them selves it is played out and sicking slavey ooh hells no

  6. human trafficking is one of the leading and most terrible problems that are affecting our societies, the organization fulfills this mission that is very important to protect civilians, for this reason the force should be maintained and displayed..!!!

  7. human trafficking is one of the leading and most dread ful problems that are affecting our societies, the organization fulfills this mission that is very important to protect civilians, for this reason the force should be maintained and displayed..!!!

  8. Human Trafficking is something terrible that affects our societies and all the world. I think that the missions should continue and that this behavior should be fought. Human rights must be respected and this terrible things done for money should stop. Civilians should be protected and other actions should be taken into consideration in order to stop and prevent human trafficking. The Salvation Army must maintain the good work they do in order to prevent human trafficking and maintain respect towards all the enlisted personnel who have suffered from this terrible act.

  9. I believe that our mission as human beings is to stop any activity that degrades other people. Human trafficking is a dreadful thing to do because people are being treated as objects, therefore you are not respecting their dignity as a person. I strongly believe that the change in peoples`s mentality can only start by a change in civilian`s attitude towards what happens around them.

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