We recognize the responsibility we all share in remaining alert and firm in the commitment to freedom and dignity for all human beings. At The Little Market, we are committed to continuing learning about critical human rights issues and sharing resources with our audiences.
The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act of 2000 defines Human Trafficking as “the exploitation of human beings through force, fraud or coercion for the purposes of commercial sex or forced labor. Any person under age 18 who performs a commercial sex act is considered a victim of human trafficking, regardless of whether force, fraud, or coercion was present.” This piece of legislation is the first federal law to addresses modern-day slavery.
The National Human Trafficking Awareness Day was established by the U.S. Senate in 2007 with the goal of raising awareness about international trafficking networks and specific human trafficking patterns within the U.S.
According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, California consistently has the highest human trafficking rates in the United States with 1,507 cases reported in 2019 alone. Of those cases, 1,118 were related to sex trafficking cases. An additional 158 were labor trafficking cases, and 69 were categorized as both. The remaining cases were not specified. Due to their proximity to international borders, various ports of entry, seizable immigrant populations, and significant industries relying on forced labor, California along with Florida and New York have high rates of trafficking.1
The Little Market is proud to announce our first-ever pilot program. This in-house skill development program provides dignified income opportunities for survivors of human trafficking who are working to create resilient futures and advocate for positive change. Each program participant is involved with the Survivor Leadership Program at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (Cast). A nonprofit based in Los Angeles, California, Cast offers survivors comprehensive services, including a hotline, housing, social/legal services, anti-trafficking advocacy training, and a platform to create change. Through the handcrafting of handmade sugar scrubs, the program participants have access to a fair wage and safe work environments. We are delighted to be embarking on this journey and thank you for your continued support.