National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is celebrated on January 11 of Every year. It’s a day to create awareness about sexual slavery and human trafficking worldwide. Now, nearly 20-30 million people were enslaved in the world, which is more than any time in human history. Slavery is recognized every day in the way of young women forced into prostitution; migrant workers are exploited in the workforce and children become soldiers. Hence National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is created to end these slaveries and make sure that every individual has their rights and make the world a safer place for all people.
“It’s by standing up for the rights of women and girls that we truly measure up as men.” – Desmond Tutu
History of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
The United States Senate created the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in 2007. They organized the day to raise awareness to stop human trafficking and sexual slavery. Initially, the day was started as a U.S initiative, and they began to highlight the topic, and they aimed to work towards the awareness to the people about the abolition of human trafficking and sexual slavery. Sexual Exploitation is the most frequent form of human trafficking, and it accounts for nearly 79% of human trafficking victims. These victims are mostly women and girls. Virtually 2 million children are estimated to be the victims of sexual slavery. According to the reports of UNICEF, almost 20% of the victims are children, and 13 is the average age of a girl being forced into Sexual Slavery. The average cost of a slave around the world is 90 Dollars.
Other Celebrations on January 11
January 11 is also celebrated as
- International Thank-You Day
- National Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friends Day
- Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day
- Poetry At Work Day
How to celebrate the day
Celebrate the day by teaching your children how to behave to strangers and to memorize important phone numbers and addresses. People can donate to organizations like Unisex and Polaris project. Both groups are fighting human trafficking organizations. The emergency number for National Human Trafficking Resource Hotline is 888-3732-7888 and people can save that number to your phone. Individuals should learn the signs and indicators of human trafficking. Hence the people can recognize it and report it. Post pictures and share your thoughts on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram about National Human Trafficking Awareness Day by using the hashtag #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay.
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