January has been designated Human Trafficking Awareness month by UNICEF. It’s no surprise that human trafficking is alive and well in the United States. Whether it’s for prostitution, indentured servitude, drug smuggling, or a myriad of other reasons, women, men and children are brought to this country and exploited.
It happens all over the world
There are many people who have no idea what other people are facing. This month UNICEF is specifically focusing on child trafficking and are urging people to help spread awareness of the problem in hopes of ending the practice. Just a few days ago I read an article on Morocco World News about the subject of child labor in Morocco. There certainly are people brought from outside of the country to work, primarily in domestic positions. But there also is a very big problem with child labor. While things have improved in the past decade, girls remain vulnerable. Girls from rural villages are especially vulnerable. It is still a common practice for families to withdraw their teen and pre-teen daughters from school and send them to the bigger cities to find work as nannies or housekeepers. Sadly for many this is just the beginning of a downhill slide.
I recently wrote an article on the decree prohibiting international adoptions from Morocco. One of the major reasons cited for this edict was to end the exploitation of Moroccan children. It’s difficult to find any statistics as to whether or not this is an issue, or how big of a problem it is. In the last year there have been many articles that have come out about the exploitation of Moroccan women in places like Saudi Arabia. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out many of these women faced difficult childhoods and found themselves in bad situations they couldn’t get out of.
No matter where you live, this is an important issue. Every child deserves the opportunity to grow to an adult in a safe environment. The question is why we as fellow human beings allow this injustice to continue.
Some Facts on Trafficking
- An estimated 5.5 million children are victims of trafficking, an illegal enterprise that generates an estimated $32 billion in yearly profits.
- Human trafficking cases have been reported in every state in the United States. Rates are particularly high in California, Texas, Florida, and New York.
- he U.S. Fund for UNICEF has launched The End Trafficking project to raise awareness about child trafficking and mobilize communities within the United States to take meaningful action to help protect children. In partnership with concerned individuals and groups, the initiative aims to bring us all closer to a day when ZERO children are exploited.
- To learn more about the End Trafficking initiative, visit: http://www.unicefusa.org/endtrafficking.
Disclaimer: I am a part of the Global Team of 200 Moms. Each month I will be highlighting organizations and causes to spread awareness about global issues of importance. I am not compensated in any way for this post.