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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sticking with same topic due to it being "National Human Trafficking and Slavery Prevention Month"

Happy New Year!  It's January!  Do you know what that means?  It's National Human Trafficking and Slavery Prevention Month.

It's hard to believe that slavery still exist today but it does!
What is Human Trafficking?   Human Trafficking refers to the illegal and immoral buying and selling of human beings as commodities to meet global demands for commercial sexual slavery or forced labor.

Let's all keep our eyes open!  Help spread awareness!  If you ever see ANYTHING suspicious please call 1-888-3737-888.  Please be alert at restaurants, airports, clubs, hotels, for suspicious activity.(unusual submissive behavior, no eye contact, confused, ect....)  Imagine it being your mom, sister, son or daughter.

Lets look at some statistics:
  • Human trafficking industry ranks among the top three highest grossing illegal criminal industries along with illegal drugs and arms.
  • The number of children trafficked each year for forced labor and sexual slavery has been quoted to be as alarmingly high as 1.2 million.
  • As many as over 50, 000 people, mostly consisting of women and pre pubescent children, are trafficked into the United States from all over the world every year.
  • People who are trafficked into Middle Eastern countries for forced labor have been known to be made to work continuously for as long as sixteen hours without pay. It is common for such domestic help to be regularly subjected to starvation, sexual exploitation, coerced abortions and beatings by their owners, often resulting in the death of the victims.
  • Most of the trafficking victims are recruited by employing deceptive means such as promise of lucrative employment abroad. Sometimes, though it is not very common, women from underdeveloped countries are courted by traffickers (or pimps) posing as marriage prospects and once the wedding takes place, the bride accompanies the groom to his country, where she is sold off to high paying clients.
  • Human traffickers can be both men and women, with men comprising of about 55% and women comprising of about 45% of the recruiters.
  • Over 160 countries across the world are known to be affected by human trafficking.
Human trafficking and modern day slavery is an issue in other countries as well as the United States of America.  Take a look at this video:

Please visit
"Combat Human Trafficking"   
and learn how to recognize and combat human trafficking!

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