Recognizing World Day against Trafficking in Persons

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As a nonprofit organization, a primary part of our mission at The Little Market is to raise awareness about human rights. Today, we are recognizing the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. We would like to take this opportunity to shed light on this devastating crime — the third largest crime globally — and present avenues in which our readers can help to speak up and end the occurrence of human trafficking.

Human trafficking is a form of crime that exploits women, men, and children for reasons including forced labor, sex, economics, and removal of their organs, according to the United Nations.

Eight years ago, the United Nations General Assembly established the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. This plan emphasized the importance of governments putting the necessary measures into action to combat human trafficking and to provide stronger forms of safety. In 2013, a few years into the Global Plan of Action, the United Nations member States established World Day against Trafficking in Persons to raise awareness for victims and protect human rights. Fast forward to 2015, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda included a mission of protecting victims and working toward an end to the heartbreaking crime and the exploitation of women and children.

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The United Nations reports, “The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these victims were trafficked, the estimate implies that currently, there are millions of trafficking in persons victims in the world.” Trafficking violates human rights, and every country is affected by trafficking, whether internally or through transit. It is now a multi-billion dollar enterprise.

In this year’s campaign, the United Nations is “responding to the trafficking of children and young people.” Almost one-third of individuals who are affected by trafficking are children.

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Please join us in raising awareness for World Day against Trafficking in Persons and this harmful crime. Here are a few ideas to get started and add your voice to the conversation.

  • Learn more about trafficking and share with others what you’ve learned.
  • Participate in a World Day against Trafficking in Persons event.
  • Spread the word on social media, through essays, or on a blog.
  • Stay up-to-date on current events and statistics.
  • Refer to publications and the toolkit from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

The Little Market is a nonprofit committed to alleviating poverty and helping female artisans within marginalized communities around the world. Behind each handcrafted product is a person who created it and a story of the technique preserved. Among the individuals we work with are survivors of sex and/or human trafficking and domestic violence. For instance, our kantha quilt collection from Bangladesh and our jewelry collection from Cambodia are both handmade by strong and resilient women who have experienced hardships including trafficking and abuse. We aim to support these strong women, share their beautiful handmade goods with a wider audience, and help them on their path to a brighter future.

Sources
United Nations – World Day against Trafficking in Persons
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – Responding to the Trafficking of Children and Young People
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner – For World Day Against Trafficking in person Wednesday 30 July 2014
Council on Foreign Relations – World Day against Trafficking in Persons
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – Publications

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