By | 11 Jan 2023 at 1:59 PM
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

The 11th of January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2023, which brings attention to the continuous problem of human trafficking. Despite the fact that the entire month of January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, this day is exclusively dedicated to raising awareness and preventing the criminal practise. This festival is also distinct from the United Nations-designated World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Since the Senate created this day of observance in 2007, it has garnered substantial public support through individual donations and government-sponsored events. Human trafficking is a heinous injustice that can impact people of any colour or background; on this day, we are all obligated to combat human trafficking wherever it happens.


Unitas defines human trafficking as the use of force, deception, or compulsion to exploit another person for labour, domestic servitude, or commercial sexual activity. In addition, it is the act of enslaving or exploiting unwilling individuals. Unfortunately, slavery has existed in some form for hundreds of years, and it continues to exist now, although many are unaware of this.

The slave trade of the 1400s and beyond is well-known. The slave trade, which was initiated by Europeans, enslaved millions of Africans from throughout the continent and sold them for labour or sexual exploitation. This tradition flourished for decades in countries such as Spain, the expanding United States, Holland, France, Sweden, and Denmark.

It was not until the late 1700s and early 1800s that governments began to declare the Transatlantic slave trade illegal, with Great Britain setting the example in 1807 and the United States following suit in 1820 – the slave trade became a crime punishable by death, but it took many years before freedom was achieved on a broader scale. The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and the Thirteenth Amendment of 1866 substantially ended slavery.

After the immorality of the Transatlantic Slave Trade was acknowledged, nations began to address “white slavery,” the name for sexual human trafficking at the time. European monarchs enacted the International Agreement for the Suppression of the White Slave Trade in 1904, and 12 nations subsequently joined the International Convention for the Suppression of the White Slave Trade. The League of Nations quickly renamed “white slavery” “trafficking in women and children.”

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the movement against human trafficking made progress. In 2000, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act became the first federal law to address modern slavery. Anti-Slavery International also established the American charitable group Free The Slaves. The United States Senate adopted a measure designating January 11 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in 2007. In 2010, President Obama devoted the entire month of January to human trafficking awareness and prevention. Today, over fifty established groups battle this illegal behaviour on a global scale, and more awareness has been created than ever before.

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There are numerous varieties of exploitation.

Approximately 80% of modern-day human trafficking involves sexual exploitation, compared to 19% that involves work exploitation.

A shocking number of people are currently enslaved.

There are currently between 20 and 40 million slaves in the world.

Human trafficking is highly lucrative.

Globally, the slave trade apparently earns a profit of $32 billion per year. In developed nations, the sector supposedly generates a profit of $15.5 billion annually.

Women are particularly affected by trafficking.

Although men are trafficked and exploited for labour, it is far more typical for women to be trafficked because they are exploited for sexual reasons.

Finding warning signs for human trafficking can save lives.

Not returning home at night, new tattoos (of cherries, roses, dollar signs, or crowns), excessive crying, depression, exhaustion, secrecy, having older significant others, having many unknown adults on social media, STIs/STDs, or no longer engaging in regular social behaviours are indicators that a teen may be involved in human trafficking.

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