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Let’s Learn More on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Let’s Learn More on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Here’s some history of this important national observance.

On January 4, 2010, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation designating January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  This proclamation followed a 2007 Senate resolution that named January 11th as Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

As the name suggests, Human Trafficking Awareness Day was enacted to raise public awareness that human trafficking was taking place within U.S. borders.  Unfortunately, due to the hidden nature of this crime, many American citizens struggle to believe that human trafficking could happen in their backyards.  However, between 2008 and 2010, the FBI investigated over 2,500 incidents of human trafficking within the U.S., and it is not known how many other cases simply remain undetected.

Since Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) in 2000, the U.S. government has worked to build a system of laws and policies to combat trafficking, protect victims, and ensure that imported goods were not manufactured using forced or child labor.  While these laws are effective tools in the fight against modern safety, we too can have a significant impact.

One of the best ways to join the fight against human trafficking is by educating others to recognize the signs of potential trafficking and how to report these incidents.  You can learn the signs of trafficking and join an anti-trafficking watch group by visiting the National Human Trafficking Hotline’s website HERE.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we dedicate ourselves to the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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