But, what is human trafficking? It is defined as the exploitation of a person through force, fraud or coercion for labor or commercial sex against their will. While it is most often associated with commercial sex, trafficking can take many forms, including child labor, domestic servitude and migrant working. Victims include men, women and children from all backgrounds and walks of life. It can happen anywhere: in homes and on the streets, in factories and mines, and on fishing boats and in fields.
The International Labor Organization estimates that traffickers make more than $150 billion in profit annually. That amounts to a greater daily profit than the global community spends to combat human trafficking over the course of an entire year.
Take Action: 6 Ways YOU Can Combat Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery
- Raise awareness about human trafficking and encourage your networks to get involved on social media. Use hashtag #endslavery and #LIVEUNITED.
- Learn the Signs that are red flags or indicators of potential human trafficking and contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.
- Advocate for legislation that scales the response to human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad. Tell Congress to support the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act today!
- Volunteer or get involved with a local anti-trafficking organization in your area.
- Sign Up to join the United Way movement to end human trafficking. Text ENDSLAVERY to 51555 to learn how you can be a champion for the cause.
- Know your slavery footprint: Whether it is the clothes we wear, the coffee we drink, or the phones we use to communicate, products that we use or consume every day may have been produced with trafficked or slave labor. Learn how slavery may be touching your everyday life.