National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2014

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An estimated twenty-seven (27) million people are trafficked globally on an annual basis, the largest percentage being women and children. This year, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is being recognized on January 11, 2014 in the United States. Human trafficking denigrates the values of human life, exposes victim to serious health risks, endangers the mental well-being of victims and impedes the ability of victims to reach their full potential. With that being said, faith based organizations are calling upon Americans to become more aware of the millions who are victimized by trafficking – and more involved in finding ways to stop it.

The U. S. Government recently reported that eight hundred thousand (800,000) people are trafficked across international borders each year; eighty (80) percent of them are female and almost half are minors. This figure does not include the millions who are trafficked into labor and sexual slavery within national borders. It has been reported that human trafficking is growing in the crime industry, second in scope only to the drug trade and equal to arms. Data indicates that revenue from human trafficking is estimated at more than thirty-two (32) billion dollars annually. The issue of human trafficking is increasingly urgent.

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Source(s): Human Trafficking Awareness Day events, by Colleen Dunne, National Catholic Reporter, January 8, 2014. National Council of Churches. The U.S. State Department, “Trafficking in Person Report”, June 2007.

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