National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is observed each year on January 11 in order to shed light on a growing epidemic that is sweeping our nation and world.
A Presidential Proclamation designated January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The proclamation urges all people to take action by saying, “This month, I call on every nation, every community, and every individual to fight human trafficking wherever it exists. Let us declare as one that slavery has no place in our world, and let us finally restore to all people the most basic rights of freedom, dignity, and justice.”
It is estimated that there are at least 20 million slaves in our world today. Some experts suggest the number is much higher. This means that more people are slaves now than during the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade. This horrible reality is not just happening in the far off lands of Cambodia and Thailand. It’s happening in our neighborhoods.
Men, women, boys and girls are sold for sex in our community while others are forced into slave labor. It’s happening here, in the home of the “Happiest Place on Earth.”
What Can I Do?
It is time to take a stand! Use #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay to post on social media today. Share this article and others like it to help spread the word that slavery still exists. People cannot fight what they do not know exists. Help open eyes to the hidden crime of human trafficking.
Follow Florida Abolitionist on Facebook for updates on how you can get involved and become more educated so that you can help make our community a safe place for our kids. Join us and invite your friends for the 9th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day Event – Tomorrow Matters: Keeping Our Kids Safe – on January 28 at Calvary Orlando from 11 am-4 pm.
Give your time, talents, and resources to organizations involved in the fight to end modern-day slavery and caring for victims.
Together we can end this monstrous crime!