Monday, January 23, 2012

What is human trafficking? What can be done about it?

January is National Human Trafficking and Slavery Awareness and Prevention Month.

Learn more about human trafficking and how Safe Horizon helps victims of modern-day slavery.

Human trafficking, also described as modern-day slavery or involuntary servitude, affects an estimated 700,000 to 2 million people around the globe every year. Of this number, thousands of victims land in the United States – with New York City serving as a major destination and transit point.

Traffickers often transport individuals from their home countries to unfamiliar destinations, leaving them defenseless and vulnerable. Victims are often forced, through physical violence and psychological threats, to engage in sex acts or to perform work under slavery-like conditions. Trafficking in persons is a violation of human rights.

The United States made human trafficking a federal crime in 2000 with the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). New York State also made human trafficking a crime in November 2007.  READ MORE

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