It is estimated that more than 20 million men, women and children around the world are victims of human trafficking. The United States is a source, transit and destination country for some of these men, women and children — both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals — who are subjected to the injustices of human trafficking, including forced labor, debt bondage, involuntary servitude, and sex trafficking.
Human Trafficking Awareness Day is to dedicated to raising awareness of sexual slavery and human trafficking worldwide. It started in 2007, when the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Although it is a U.S. initiative, the United Nations has begun to highlight this topic and working towards global awareness.
Facts about Human Trafficking Awareness
- There are 21-30 million people in slavery today. This is more than at any time in human history (Source: freetheslaves.net).
- According to UNICEF, 2 million children are estimated to be trafficking victims of sex trade each year.
- The average age of a girl being forced into the US domestic sex slavery market is 13.
- The average cost of a slave around the world is $90.