January is proclaimed Human Trafficking Awareness Month

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January is proclaimed Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Jazmin Morales, Staff Writer

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President Trump recently proclaimed January 2018 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery, and our society is affected by it more than most people realize. It is important to raise awareness for this issue so people are more capable of noticing the signs year-round – not just in January.

Forced labor exploitation in industries such as agriculture, construction, domestic work and manufacturing, have an worldwide estimate of 14.2 million victims. Migrant workers are commonly targeted in this for forced labor because they aren’t familiar with the language within the country they are in, nor have any friends or family with them, have restricted rights, and lack of a supportable job.

An additional 244,000–360,000 children in the United States are at risk each year of being trafficked and sexually exploited. The innocent victims face physical and sexual assault by their traffickers. The youth is targeted mainly because they are usually kidnapped from their family, have no clue whats going on, and are taken advantage of because they are minors.

How can we put a end to forced labor, and sexual slavery you may ask?

First, notice these signs

  • “Appearing malnourished.
  • Showing signs of physical injuries and abuse.
  • Avoiding eye contact, social interaction, and authority figures/law enforcement.
  • Seeming to adhere to scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction.
  • Lacking official identification documents.
  • Appearing destitute/lacking personal possessions.”

Human trafficking is a human rights violation, and happens worldwide. Human trafficking and forced labor is a serious issue we should not have in our world. Although we cannot control it, we can put an end to it if we all come together.