Letter: End human trafficking
In the time it will take me to write this letter – approximately an hour – 120 children around the world will be trafficked: sold or bought.
Trafficking has been compared to modern-day slavery, selling women, children and men into forced labor, prostitution, sex tourism and migrant farming. But human trafficking is an undercover crime. Although we hardly ever see it, it is certainly there.
What we don’t realize is how far and deep the network of human trafficking has spread, and it is not just in third-world countries. Here in the United States, there have been reports of human trafficking in all 50 states, with the majority of reports coming in from California. Worldwide, the number of victims ranges from 20 million to 30 million – and according to UNICEF, it is estimated that about 26 percent of all trafficking victims are children.
Can we allow 5.5 million child victims of trafficking? Can we let the traffickers earn $32 billion in yearly profits? And can we really put a price on human life? Can we really stay silent in the face of the suffering and horror inflicted on the victims of this crime? Let’s address the issue of human trafficking and educate our communities about what can be done. Visitunicefusa.org/campaigns/end-trafficking/ for more information about what you can do to help.