Human Trafficking Awareness & Action

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Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

Some facts about Human Trafficking or modern-day slavery:
27 million people are enslaved on the earth today.
80 percent are women.
50 percent are children.

What is Human Trafficking?
According to the United Nations, human trafficking is the illegal movement of people, within national or across international borders for the purposes of exploitation in the form of commercial sex, domestic service or manual labour.

Human trafficking is an illegal industry that generates between US$7-32 billion annually. It is now the second largest criminal industry.

Taking Action

Here are some great websites and organizations who are bringing justice and freedom to slaves, locally and around the world:

Local (Vancouver, BC)
Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity (REED)

Global:

  • Polaris Project
  • International Justice Mission
  • Stop the Traffik
  • Not for Sale
  • Salvation Army
  • Want to know what one city has done to stand against the wave of young girls lured from their local shopping malls into a life of slavery and repeated rape? Check this out: Streetlight Phoenix

    Check out these books:
    The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade by Victor Malarek
    Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade–and How We Can Fight It by David Batstone
    Slave Hunter by Aaron Cohen

    Want more? This looks like a pretty substantial list entitled Trafficking Thesis List by Amazon reader Christopher Allen Jansen. Some really interesting resources.

    This is by no means complete, so let me know if you have some other resources you think should be added to the list.

    Photo credit: Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department

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