Trafficking in Persons Awareness Day 30th

Trafficking is an unforgivable crime. Many young girls and boys are trafficked from a young age, some are even kidnaped or sold by their families. It must be horrific, heartbreaking, and hard to overcome the emotional toll it takes.

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, observed on July 30 every year, is a holiday set aside for the sensitization of global citizens to the human trafficking pandemic. Human Trafficking involves recruiting, transporting, and possession of human individuals through coercion or other fraudulent means to exploit them for profit. Anyone can be a victim of this heinous act regardless of age or background, and human trafficking is present all over the world.

Human trafficking is a global pandemic that stemmed from the era of slavery and is still very much prevalent today. It can be defined simply as the unlawful act of transporting or coercing people to benefit from their work or service, which is typically in the form of forced labor or sexual exploitation. The act is a crime against the person because it violates the victim’s rights of movement through coercion as well as the fact that the victim is being commercially exploited.

Human trafficking particularly targets women and children, and may not always involve the movement of the person from one place to another. And though labor trafficking and sex trafficking are usually treated separately in the general trafficking discourse, one thing that victims of both forms of trafficking have in common is that their trafficking began with a migration to a seemingly better environment. The United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others was adopted in 1949 and came into effect in 1951. The convention was a legal turning point in human trafficking as it was the primary legally binding instrument on the subject.

Please keep your eyes open, especially if in the Healthcare of Law enforcement. If something doesn’t look right, it may not be. Like on television, see if you can connect with the person directly without the others around them knowing. Like holding a sign to see if they need help, or if seeing the person head towards the bathroom by themselves, try to slip them a note that asks for a yes or a no.

I don’t know that these are suggested methods, just the only ones I’ve seen and know it will be hard to get to the person in need of help.

Melinda

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