Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11th brings attention to a crime that leaves a lasting toll on human life, families, and communities around the world. It is one of the fastest growing organised criminal enterprises in the world and requires the collaboration of federal, state, and local law enforcement to effectively combat.
Each year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. In addition, traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations.
Human trafficking is considered a modern form of slavery. This illegal act involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion, violence, manipulation, or false promises to lure their victims into trafficking situations. It is a heinous crime and a grave violation on a person’s human rights.
Many people confuse human trafficking with human smuggling. While human smuggling involves illegally moving a person across a border but this can result in human trafficking.
Victims of human trafficking are exploited for profit into – forced / cheap labour, sexual exploitation, organ harvesting, pornography, surrogacy, illicit drugs, and arms smuggling, child labour, child brides, child soldiers, and domestic servitude. The forcing of children into sex work is a particularly tragic and horrifying example of human trafficking.
Trafficking victims usually experience physical and/or psychological abuse. They might also endure sexual abuse, food and sleep deprivation, threats to family members, and isolation from the outside world. Family members of the victim may also get threatened.
The goal of the day is to bring greater awareness to the crime of sex trafficking. Each year, organizations around the globe provide support to communities, training to volunteers and educational events to increase awareness.
HOW YOU CAN MAKE DIFFERENCE IN COMBATTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING
One way is to get involved in the Hope to Heal Foundation, Action for Freedom project. The organization works to equip and challenge society to proactively address issues regarding human trafficking. Human Trafficking takes away the voice of its victims. Galatians 5.1 calls us to Action and to stand firm in our Faith. It is for Freedom that Christ has set us Free. Make a way for Kindness and Rise Up for those who can’t Speak for themselves. Take action to end exploitation of people.
Global Action for Freedom Summit
The Hope to Heal Foundation is hosting the Global Action for Freedom Summit from the 7 – 9 February 2020. Being it a virtual event, we encourage global public to register and attend the event to learn more about Human trafficking and how together we can end this crime. https://hopetoheal.org.za/register/
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