Human Trafficking Awareness
Along with the work we do to educate young people about what their human rights are, we also work to educate young people on major pressing human rights issues that affect them and their community, empowering them to do something about it. This includes the scourge of human trafficking that affects the lives of millions of youth every day.
Human trafficking is the global illegal transportation of people across international borders for exploitation as laborers or in the sex trade.
- It is estimated that there are 27 million people in the world today who are enslaved.
- Every year 600,000 to 800,000 persons are trafficked across international borders. (US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report, 2006)
- Some estimates have as many as 1.2 million children being trafficked every year. (United Nations Children’s Fund, 2007)
- Human trafficking and exploitation plague all nations and no country is immune. (US Department of State, 2008)
- Since 1998, the United States based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has handled more than 300,000 reports of all types of child sexual exploitation including child pornography, child molestation, child prostitution, online enticement of children, child sex tourism, obscene material sent to a child and the federally mandated reports of child pornography from Internet Service Providers.
You can help by teaching children what their human rights are by sponsoring or organizing awareness events and forums regarding the issue of human trafficking.
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