When is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day?
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day occurs annually on January 11th.
What is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day?
Humans are not for sale. Because some people would argue otherwise, the Senate created National Human Trafficking Awareness Day back in 2007 to fight modern slavery and sexual exploitation.
It’s a vile reality, but we can’t ignore it. Many people know that human trafficking bumps up a notch during Superbowl weekend. That actually happens with many large events though, like Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a year-round problem.
Traffickers frequently target school-age children (as young as 9), tracking minors through social media, after school programs, and shopping malls. Trafficking victims often already have a history of child abuse and domestic violence. Any child is at risk though, regardless of family or socioeconomic background.
No human should have to endure slavery, especially not our children. National Human Trafficking Awareness Day promotes the dignity of all people and reminds us to fight modern slavery all year long.
Facts about National Human Trafficking Awareness Day!
- The State Department says 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked in and out of the U.S. annually.
- Some experts believe that 80% of human trafficking involves sexual exploitation.
- The global average price for a human slave is about $90.
How to observe National Human Trafficking Awareness Day:
- Learn how to recognize human trafficking indicators so that you can alert police to potential victims.
- Save the National Human Trafficking Hotline number in your phone: 1-888-373-7888.
- Support local organizations that fight human trafficking.
- Combine efforts with a local religious institution to spread awareness and support organizations that rehabilitate victims.
- Research modern slavery. Watch an investigative documentary about sex trafficking in the U.S. Explore the way forced labor affects food supply chains around the world. Go here for more tips from the State Department on how to fight human trafficking.
What’s the hashtag for National Human Trafficking Awareness Day?
Fight modern slavery by using #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay on social media.