July 30th marked the first United Nations (UN) World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The day brought attention to the epidemic of human trafficking and modern slavery that is present in every country. Countries participate by being a point of origin, transit, and/or destination. Human trafficking is a profitable, estimated $150 billion per year industry according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO also estimates that up to 21 million people are victims of domestic and international trafficking.
Human trafficking can take the form of coercion or deception of people into exploitation within the industries of commercial sex and fishing, organ-selling, factory or farm work, domestic service, and construction. Commercial sex trafficking and domestic service are the two most common types of trafficking. Men, women, boys, and girls can all be victims of trafficking. Gathering accurate information about human trafficking is made difficult since it is largely an underground trade and a highly sophisticated one at that.
To combat this problem, the international community has invested more than $1.2 billion in aid. More than 400 organizations world-wide – including our non-governmental organization, DEPDC / GMS – have used the funds to help those at risk of or victimized by human trafficking and to bring awareness to the problem at hand. On July 30, 2010, the UN adopted the Global Plan of Action against Trafficking Persons. This is the first ever international document directed at bringing awareness and fighting human trafficking. The UN has decided to further bring awareness to human trafficking by starting the #igivehope campaign. You can follow this link to read more about how you can participate and help end modern day slavery: http://www.unodc.org/endht/
Keep tabs on our official blog here for further information and updates on what we at DEPDC / GMS are doing to prevent and protect children from trafficking in Northern Thailand. Find out more from our July 2014 Newsletter and contribute directly through volunteer service or a donation. We sincerely appreciate your kind interest and compassionate support.