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World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2018

Today commemorates the World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2018. Human trafficking affects millions of people around the world. Anyone—children, women, and men—can fall victims. The elaborate business network of trafficking knows no borders. Trafficking of persons is present in almost every country. Today presents an opportunity to raise awareness about the issue and to combat this serious issue.

What is Human Trafficking?

The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labor around the world. Many of them are trafficked persons who have been tricked or sold into this inhumane treatment. The majority end up in the sex trade industry or in slavery.

It is difficult to estimate exactly how many people are trafficked every year. The trafficking systems are extremely intricate, sophisticated, and operate deep underground. However, it is clear that there are millions of people who are affected by this global, multi-billion-dollar enterprise. In fact, most countries around the world today face the issue of trafficking in persons.

How do people end up in these situations? Organizations lure individuals with the promise of good jobs, generous income, or through coercion and violence. On the other hand, many children are sold into the trade due to extremely vulnerable circumstances and poverty.

World Day Against Human Trafficking

World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2018

The World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2018 is an important opportunity to reflect and raise awareness. Unfortunately, there are no borders in human trafficking. Additionally, a third of all victims are children. And while only some are vulnerable, most are exposed to it.

Today, we can promote coordinated action across borders. The response to human trafficking should not be sovereign. Rather, all affected countries must work together to eliminate this cruel trade.

What Can Be Done?

Many organizations around the world are working to eliminate human trafficking. For example, the United Nations has set up the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for victims of trafficking. The fund provides grants for specialized NGOs that combat this vicious crime.

Organizations like Equality Now work tirelessly to help protect women and girls (the primary victims) from trafficking. The also help saved victims who require extensive rehabilitation, non-discrimination, and re-insertion into society.

Another example is Compassion International. They go to the root cause of many cases of trafficking in children—poverty. Children in extreme poverty tend to be more vulnerable to human trafficking. That’s because they may be sold into the sex trade or kidnapped. This organization helps to prevent child trafficking by educating and supplying poor communities.

At the individual level, we can also support the cause. It is important to know what human trafficking looks like. This way, you can protect yourself and others from it. Additionally, you can share the message and raise awareness about the issue.

World Day Against Human Trafficking

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