I first learned about ending child trafficking back in 2004 when Natalie Grant shared this disturbing issue. During a visit to India, she met a counselor (a previous sex slave) who helps women and girls who are trafficked in the sex trade. Ms. Grant was so touched that she formed a nonprofit that helps women and girls in the US and other countries. And this topic remained with me all these years.
UNICEF USA is bringing child trafficking to the foreground during Human Trafficking Awareness Month (January). Their goal is to end human slavery completely. Their motto, “Believe in ZERO” can become a reality if all of us care enough to do something.
Although human trafficking occurs around the world, you may be shocked to learn that it happens in the US too, in all 50 states. “The U.S. is a source, destination, and transit point for trafficking victims.” Children are especially vulnerable if they are runaways, homeless and victims of abuse or neglect. Then it is hard to break the cycle. They fear their abductor, may be brainwashed to believe they don’t deserve better, are hidden from others (especially those that want to help), etc.
UNICEF is working toward the goal of ending child trafficking in a myriad of ways:
- Working with governments
- Teaching about the injustice and gender inequality
- Providing safe havens
You can find more information on how to end child trafficking on the UNICEF USA’s End Trafficking page. Read and take the steps in their toolkit. Follow @EndTraffick and @UNICEFUSA on Twitter and use the hashtag #EndTrafficking. Like the UNICEF USA page on Facebook and ask others to do so. Share and use the National Human Trafficking Hotline number, 1-888-373-7888 to report cases. You can get training as well.
Share this PSA by UNICEF’s newest Ambassador is Angie Harmon:
Will you join me in ending child trafficking? What can you do?
Disclosure: This post is not compensated. I received information about this from the Global Team of 200 and wanted to share with my readers. Hopefully this will make an impact.