World Day Against Human Trafficking is an annual event held today, 30th July. People trafficking and modern day slavery is a worldwide issue, with few countries immune. The event held by the United Nations aims to continue to raise awareness and increase prevention.
In correspondence to this, West Yorkshire Police and National Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has spoken out on human trafficking and modern slavery, encouraging communities to report any suspicious behaviour. He stated that one of the best tools in fighting against human traffickers is our communities:
General indicators of human trafficking or modern slavery includes signs of physical or psychological abuse, fear of authorities, poor living conditions and long working hours for little to no pay.
Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally.
Every country in the world is affected by the problem, via origin, transit, or destination for victims. According to the United Nations Office, children make up nearly a third of human trafficking victims, whilst women and girls comprise 71% of human trafficking victims.
Those trafficked are forced to work; often in labour or prostitution, for little financial reward. Those trafficked have their identity and documents removed, and are in fear of leaving their situation due to circumstances they may face by their employers. Fear tactics are used and victims are taken to unfamiliar countries, not fluent in the language, and as result have no escape route or way of seeking help. Some victims go missing, and are returned to their families and communities.
World Day Against Human Trafficking encourages vigilance and prevention; to better protect victims of trafficking.
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