How to End Child Trafficking #EndTrafficking

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.
End Child Trafficking

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.

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  1. 1

    I guess I like to be naive when it comes to thinking that stuff like this happens in my own country. I hate to think about child trafficking happening right here. Ugh.
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    My friends started Tiny Hands International which has done amazing things to stop Human Trafficking in Nepal.
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    Great post! I also forget that this isn’t a ‘far off’ problem happening in some other part of the world. Yes, I hear and worry about things like this when babies go missing, but don’t ever think there is anything I can do to stop it. Thanks for posting the reminder and what Unicef USA is doing to help this great cause.

  4. 4

    Wow scary. Thanks for sharing this info.
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    So heartbreaking …. good to know that UNICEF is dedicated to such an important cause.
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    This is sickening and I’m so sad to know that it happens in the U.S. as well. thank you for bringing awareness to this cause.
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    Oh my goodness! Thank you for sharing all of this information. I’m blown away by this.
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    Wow what powerful information, I had no idea it occurred within the states. Wow. Thank you for sharing! Off to do my research!
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    JEFF TAYLOR
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    World Vision and Mission Without Borders- two ministries I support- do lots of education for children to prevent them from being lured by traffickers. Everybody needs to stand up and do something to end child trafficking.

  10. 10

    Such an important effort! It is absolutely scary to think about and critical to end! Thanks for sharing!

  11. 11

    How disturbing but it does need to be talked about.
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    i spoke with a woman from a local human trafficking organization. it is UNBELIEVEABLE.
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  13. 13

    To end slavery is the goal, awareness is the start.
    Please see my website so we can work together.

  14. 14

    We set up CREER because of the lack of a specialised safe haven for trafficked children in the sub-region of West Africa.

    The journalists highlight the problem of child trafficking for cocoa in the region. However, there’s a lot more to the trafficking in the region than young boys being used as slaves on the plantations. We were inspired to start due to being involved with a young girl of 11 or 12 who had been trafficked, probably for domestic servitude we believe. Others are used in many different forms including sadly, prostitution.

    When they escape the clutches of their ‘employer’, they end up on the streets, or manage to go into an orphanage. However orphanages aren’t able to cope with the emotional needs of these children who have been through a lot in their short lives. Orphans don’t have parents, many trafficked children do!

    We’re wanting to finally start building this year, we’re providing a residential vocational home to those that cannot be repatriated back to their families. We will work with the children giving them empowerment, emotional stability & nurturing that they so desperately need, ready for them to return home or stay with us. At 18 they’ll gain their independence & we’ll help them move on in the world. The centre will be as self-sustainable as possible & use renewable energy; not only will this be cost effective to the organisation but it will also help the children learn new skills that they can move on with. We give a hand up, not a hand out ensuring their future security.

    There is a lot to be done across the globe in regards to trafficking, it’s becoming more prevalent & it needs to be stamped out! West Africa has a massive problem, please help us help them!