At The Little Market, our mission is to support dignified income opportunities for individuals in underserved communities all over the world. A core part of that mission is to raise awareness around human rights and social justice. Here on Cultural Exchange, we share avenues in which our readers can use their voices to uplift others. This month, we are recognizing National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and today we are recognizing National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
Since 2010, every January has been designated as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and since 2007, Jan. 11 has been declared National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. These dates provide the opportunity to raise awareness around this global issue and work toward ways to prevent its occurrence.
What is Human Trafficking?
The United Nations’ definition of human trafficking is: “The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”
Human trafficking is a violation of human rights and a form of slavery. Types of human trafficking that take place include sex trafficking, forced labor, which is the largest sector in the world, debt bondage, girls being forced into marriage, and illegal adoption.
The Global Report on Trafficking in Persons was released by the United Nations in January 2019 and indicated that human trafficking cases have reached a 13-year all-time high. And women and girls continue to be disproportionately targeted. Most of these victims have experienced sexual exploitation. In addition, the International Labour Organization has estimated that there are more than 40 million victims of human trafficking across the world.
How We Can Help
- Learn more about the issue and help to educate others in your network. Know how to recognize the signs of human trafficking.
- Donate to and volunteer with social enterprises dedicated to raising awareness around human rights.
- Organize an awareness event within your community.
- Use your voice on social media to shed light on the issues and how we can help.
- Stay informed of the story behind the products you are purchasing. Were they made in a safe work environment? Are the producers paid fair, living wages?
Human trafficking is a serious crime and a violation of human rights. Please join us in raising awareness around this global issue.
“Participate in National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.” End Slavery Now.
“Human trafficking cases hit a 13-year record high, new UN report shows.” United Nations. 29 Jan. 2019.
“Human Trafficking – The Facts.” Polaris.