National Human Trafficking Awareness Day:
Celebrate annually on January 11th, the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day was initiated by the United States Senate in 2007 and encourages us to stand up against human traffickers.
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Why National Human Trafficking Awareness Day?
Human trafficking goes back to a time when slavery was prevalent in the United States of America. In December 1865 slavery was abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment. Despite all these initiatives and being a first world country, human trafficking is still growing at an alarming rate in the United States.
For some members of society, it has turned out to be a lucrative business. The fact that Human Trafficking is still prevalent in the 21st century is an indication of the lack of respect and empathy for a fellow human being and various notions of superiority that cloud our moral compass.
In simple terms, when people are transported or recruited via abduction or fraud, it is known as Human Trafficking. It also includes misuse of the power of high position and giving or receiving payments or benefits to an individual who has control over another person. The exploitation can be in the form of forced labor, slavery, sexual exploitation, servitude, or removal of organs.
Modern-day victims can be foreign nationalities or the citizens of America. These victims are subjected to various heinous crimes including forced labor, sex trafficking, forced marriage, debt bondage, and involuntary servitude.
Exploiting the vulnerable victim is the main intention of human trafficking. Deception, abuse of power, coercion, use of force, and threats are some of the methods used by the criminals involved in human trafficking. Prevent, Suppress, and punish trafficking are the three elements adopted against human trafficking.
Human smuggling is another factor that needs to be addressed. When a person is moved from one country to another, violating the immigration laws, even though he or she consents to be moved, is called human smuggling. There is a fine line between human trafficking and human smuggling.
When there is an illegal movement of a person from one country to another, a smuggling component is involved, it becomes human smuggling. Human smuggling becomes human trafficking when there is no consent of the person and people are held against their will for sexual exploitation or labor.
The constitution of the USA prohibits and opposes the advancement of human trafficking not only here but around the world!
The U.S. federal executive department, DHS or Department of Homeland Security is responsible for the safety and security of the country. To raise awareness against human trafficking the DHS hosts the Blue campaign which is its largest one-day awareness of the year.
There is only one vaccine for the plight of our society, it’s the love for our fellow human beings, to see them not as commodities but as our brothers and sisters irrespective of their race or religion.
How Can We Observe National Human Trafficking Awareness Day?
- Stand up for the cause
On national human trafficking awareness day, you can take part in various activities such as:
Take part in a human trafficking awareness program
Volunteer in an anti-trafficking organization
Donate to an aftercare organization
Take part in community projects, presentations, and training.
- Blue Is The Colour Of Love
On this particular day, wear your blue apparel which is the international color of human trafficking awareness.
Take part in the 31:8 project which aims at addressing issues regarding human trafficking. This project aims to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.
- Let The World Know
Use #NationalHumanTraffickingAwarenessDay and #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay and share your posts on social media to spread awareness.
Interesting Facts About National Human Trafficking Awareness Day:
Few Facts Related to National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
- Human trafficking is prevalent across the globe. They can be involved as countries of origin, transport, or destination.
- The trafficking is generally done from less developed, 3rd world countries to developed countries.
- Europe has the highest inflow of human trafficking
- Victims from Asia are trafficked worldwide.
- Trafficking is generally done by the people who share the nationality of their victims as it is easier to gain trust.
- Women and children are highly exposed to human trafficking.
History Of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day:
The National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is observed on January 11th and was initiated by the United States Senate in 2007. In 2010 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month were announced through Presidential Proclamation.