January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness day. We urge you to share some knowledge and statistics of current modern-day slavery information on social media and in the conversations you have with people face to face. We have many of these in our “The Issue” section of our website.
Here are just a few for you to share.
- A life span of a person once enslaved in slavery is as little as 3-7 years due to death from abuse, HIV/AIDS, drugs, suicide, attacks, or starvation.
- The United States is one of the top three destination points for trafficked victims. California, New York, Texas, and Nevada are the top destination states within the country.
- Less than 2% of victims are ever rescued. Only 1 in 100,000 European traffickers are ever convicted.
- Modern-day slavery involves possession and control of a person, depriving them of their rights or the freedom to make their own decisions. In the process they are used for profit and are usually transported away from their homes. This control involves sorts of violence, threats, deception, and coercion. There can be instances of debt bondage involved as well.
- 1 of every 5 children out of 11,800 runaways in the US are also victims of human trafficking.
- 403,000 people are forced into human trafficking in the US or 1.26 of 1000 people are living in modern-slavery in the US.
- 41 million people are estimated as enslaved around the world.