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Human trafficking is a pervasive, global problem with acute consequences for the survivors. Human trafficking, according to the U.S. Department of State, is a form of modern-day slavery involving the recruitment, harboring, or obtaining a person for labor or services, through force, fraud, coercion or threat for the purpose of exploitation. There are an estimated 40 million slaves in the world today - that’s more than at any other point in human history. Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise worldwide, with estimated total profits of $150 billion.
Human trafficking is happening right here in the United States:
The Issue in California:
In the last five years, communities across the country have worked to increase services for victims, help survivors find new jobs, strengthen penalties against traffickers, pass new laws, combat the demand for the purchasing of commercial sex, increase training for law enforcement, conduct awareness campaigns and so much more (Polaris Project, 2016). Let's keep the momentum going and continue running for freedom!