On January 2, six dozen school buses featuring anti-human trafficking messages drove through Atlanta to represent the roughly 3,600 children that authorities say are sold into sex slavery every year in Georgia, reports ABC News. Elected officials and anti-trafficking advocates gathered to highlight a campaign called Stop Traffick that aims to raise awareness of child sex trafficking.
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a schedule of official events in support of the month; some for learning about the problem and others to publicize it. For example, a webinar on January 16 will help participants understand the resources available to assist foreign minor victims of trafficking.
UNICEF USA offers an End Trafficking Month Toolkit to raise awareness of child slavery and trafficking. The document includes facts about trafficking and suggestions of ways individuals and groups can combat the problem.
The U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons leads the U.S. government's global engagement against human trafficking. Its website includes sections on defining modern slavery, protections for domestic workers, international conventions, and things individuals can do.
Another resource is the International Tourism Partnership and its Human Rights Working Group. This hospitality industry coalition has published several practical items, including guidelines for checking recruitment agencies, principles on forced labor, and a guide to help hoteliers understand human trafficking and how to decrease the risk of trafficking in their business.
"Modern slavery has no place in the world, and I intend to ensure, through diplomatic engagement and increased action, that the United States government's leadership in combating this global threat is sustained in the years to come," said Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo when the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report was released last summer.
Over the years, Security Management has covered this issue many times. One article, "The War on Human Trafficking," describes the efforts of the trucking industry and the hospitality industry to educate workers to recognize human trafficking and eradicate it. Another article, "Highway to Hurt," explores the consequences that can result from trafficking incidents. Stay tuned. The magazine will report on the issue again this summer.