End child trafficking — What you can do
It’s hard to think about, but slavery does exist here in the United States and around the world. Human trafficking is devastating for its victims, and too often, they are children.
UNICEF has dedicated January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and actor and UNICEF Ambassador Angie Harmon is helping to raise awareness about the impact on victims.
About 5.5 million children are victims of trafficking, generating an estimated $32 billion in yearly profits. It is sickening to think about people profiting from another person’s forced suffering. UNICEF states that victims suffer from physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and rarely have access to an education or health care. Basically, their childhoods have been robbed from them. Human trafficking cases have been reported in every state in the United States.
So what can we do? Check out UNICEF’s End Trafficking Toolkit (a PDF), which lists 22 ways you can help. Support policies against trafficking, write to your local paper, raise funds, mentor a child and other ideas. You can also call the National Human Trafficking Hotline number, 1-888-373-7888, to report potential cases, get help or request information and training. This 24/7 toll-free hotline is 100% confidential.
Find out even more at UNICEF’s End Trafficking action page.