More and more we hear about Human Trafficking but for many of us living in the United States we are unaware of the entire network and consequences. This is because unless it touches our lives, it is easy to write it off as a problem that has not affect on us.
I urge you to reconsider; this is not the case. Whether or not you see it human trafficking is happening everywhere.
It is estimated annually between 2- 4 million people are lost in this underground system. It is simply unacceptable that millions of people are missing. The more alarming part is the majority of people that fall victims to human trafficking are women, approximately 59% (http://arkofhopeforchildren.org/child-trafficking/child-trafficking-statistics).
I can say with some certainty that these estimates are probably conservative. But if they are true that means that the number of women that go missing annually is between 1,180,00- 2,360,000. Hundred of thousands of women go missing and yet there are people in the world that still do not see this as a problem.
Now I would like to invite you to think for a second about our society, it’s structure, and how it reinforces human trafficking. Women, but more specifically their bodies, are treated as commodities. We live in a world where a woman’s body is worth more than her mind. Human trafficking is an example of a system that functions because of patriarchy, structural violence against women.
At this point, you might be asking, what can I do to help? Below I have some resources for you to look at in your spare time and remember just because you do not see it, does not mean it is not happening.
The National Safe Place Network
For those of you living in the United States this is a network of local, state, and national level response to create a safe place for youth. http://www.nspnetwork.org/about
Not for Sale
This is an organization that is located in California, United States. They have projects in several countries around the world. https://www.notforsalecampaign.org/
This is the leading human rights organization fighting modern day slavery. They also have projects in several countries around the world. Their main goals are protection, prevention, and prosecution. http://abolishslavery.org/