News About National Human Trafficking Awareness Month!
This update is provided by Enough is Enough
It’s hard to believe in the 21st Century we are contending with issues of slavery, but it’s true. Human Trafficking is a multi-billion dollar global industry powered by the Internet and is taking place domestically within in our own communities.
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is observed every year on January 11. This observance was started in 2011 by issuing a Presidential Proclamation of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The 2018 proclamation recently issued by President Trump states:
“An estimated 25 million people are currently victims of human trafficking for both sex and labor. Human traffickers prey on their victims by promising a life of hope and greater opportunity, while delivering only enslavement. Instead of delivering people to better lives, traffickers unjustifiably profit from the labor and toil of their victims, who they force — through violence and intimidation — to work in brothels and factories . . .”
Add to that, the United Nations estimates that out of the more than 1.8 million children who are exploited as part of the illicit commercial sex market each year, approximately 100,000 American children are the victims of trafficking.
To help combat sex trafficking, Enough Is Enough (EIE) has been working with key industry and legislative leaders to support the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act (or SESTA). In doing so, we’ve been communicating with House leadership to adopt similar language to include civil remedies to victims of websites like Backpage.com who sell ads promoting the selling of women and youth for sex.
EIE continues to push for the enforcement of the existing federal laws designed to prevent the sexual exploitation of children online–including the obscenity, child pornography, sexual predation and sex trafficking laws–as included in the Children’s internet Safety Presidential Pledge signed by President Trump. I personally met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in regard to DOJ to follow through on the Pledge promises.
We must not rest until laws designed to value and protect human dignity are strengthened and enforced.