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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month 2023

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Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit individuals for labor or commercial sex. The victims of human trafficking can come from a variety of backgrounds and can be of any age, race, gender, or nationality.

January is recognized as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the United States. The goal of this month is to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking and to encourage action to end it.

The U.S. Department of State estimates that there are currently 20 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, with hundreds of thousands in the United States alone. Human trafficking can take many forms, including sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and domestic servitude. It can also happen in a variety of settings, such as on the street, in a factory, or in a private home.

Victims of human trafficking often face a wide range of physical and psychological abuse, including rape, beatings, and threats against their families. They may also be denied food, water, and medical care, and may be forced to work for long hours with no pay.

It’s important to be aware of the signs of human trafficking, such as individuals who seem to be under the control of another person, or who are not free to leave their situation. If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, you can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP to 233733.

It’s also important to support organizations that are working to end human trafficking, and to advocate for policies and laws that will protect victims and punish traffickers. By raising awareness and taking action, we can work together to abolish modern-day slavery and help those who have been affected by human trafficking.

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