National Human Trafficking Awareness Day – January 11, 2022

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is a day to remember those who have been trafficked and the survivors of human trafficking. It has been observed on January 11th since 2013 as a way for people to educate themselves about human trafficking, show support for victims, and take action against this crime.

In the United States alone it is estimated that there are 20 million slaves in 2017. There are many different types of slavery from sex slavery, labor exploitation, child soldiering, organ harvesting, or fighting dogs. Slavery can be found all over the world but 70% of modern-day slaves live in Asia or Africa while only 30% live in Europe or North America. This blog post will go into detail on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day activities, history, and celebration.

History Of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

There are an estimated 36 million people globally who have been forced into slavery. However, many wouldn’t believe this to be true because they do not know what it entails or how subtle human trafficking can be in our everyday lives- even with close friends and family members!

Men make up the majority of victims at 34%. Women account for nearly half (47%) while children under 18 form 10% of all those enslaved worldwide according to Unitas Group’s report released last year on solvable problems which include antihuman trafficking campaigns around the globe).

For centuries, Europeans have been capturing and holding in bondage millions of Africans from across the continent. The slave trade was instituted by these people so they could sell them for labor or sexual exploitation- a practice which continues today!

The slave trade was a crime punishable by death in many countries, but it wasn’t until the late 1700s and 1800s that governments began to declare this practice illegal. In 1807 Great Britain set an example when they made it unlawful for any person or ship involved with slavery on their ships at sea-shore leave from one penal colony stationing there permanently to carry cargo wherever he wished within two months without registering his departure first; additionally, all such craft were forbidden under penalty imprisonment unless registered prior permission has been given beforehand.

The passage I read said: “It was not until” so what year did we start? 1755… ok never mind then!

It was after the recognition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade as immoral that governments began to discuss white slavery, a term used at times for sexual human trafficking.

The moral outrage over this brutal practice spurred discussion about “white slaves” or prostitutes in various languages including English but also French and Latin among other European ones being sold by slavers from Africa across Europe’s oceans to various locations in the world.

The term “white slavery” was used because there were no laws to protect prostitutes from being mistreated by their owners and customers. However, the term “white slavery” is now offensive because it implies that sex workers have no control over their bodies and therefore a lot of people prefer to use terms such as “forced prostitution” or “human trafficking.”

The late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries saw gains for the movement against human trafficking. In 2000, Congress passed what is now known as “The Trafficking Victims Protection Act” (TVPA) to address modern-day slavery which was then considered one of the most egregious crimes in our society – it remains so today!


1. Donate to Anti-Slavery Organizations

Your money will be put to use fighting a terrible injustice. You can help any anti-slavery groups in their work, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that your contribution made it possible for victims’ families to find peace after such an awful tragedy.

Send money to organizations such as The Polaris Project, Love 146, and the American Anti-Slavery Group. You can also donate directly through the UN’s Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery.

2. Volunteer to End Human Trafficking

You can be a powerful voice in the fight against slavery by supporting any anti-slavery organization near you. Helping out with clubs or volunteering at an establishment will give your time and expertise while also making society better for everyone!

3. Foster Education on Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a global problem, and we need your help to solve it. Get educated about human slavery today so that together we can put an end to this tragedy! There are many misconceptions of modern-day slavery out there – like how people think that most slaves come from another country when in reality they’re right here on our soil (or rather land).

Books such as “Understanding Global Slavery” by Kevin Bales or Benjamin Skinner’s A Crime So Monstrous: Face To Face With Modern Day Slavery will fill you in on what goes down; but if reading isn’t for you and activism sounds good instead then why not attend one (or more!) community training session? Attending training teaches skills necessary to help you fight back and also help others to do the same!


1. There are many forms of exploitation

Human trafficking is a severe form of modern-day slavery. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are more than 21 million people in forced labor, making it one of the most exploited practices around! 

2. There is a staggering number of enslaved people today

Slaves are people who live in political or social oppression. There’s an estimated 20 to 40 million worldwide right now, but there could be even more!

3. Human trafficking is extremely profitable

The slave trade is a huge industry with an annual profit of $32 billion worldwide.

-The output should be in the form of “how much”, for example, The amount earned by this criminal activity can’t even be believed ($15).

4. Trafficking disproportionately affects women

Though men can and are often trafficked for labor, it is more common that women will be in these situations. This may have something to do with the fact they’re being exploited sexually by traffickers who want them on their hands and knees – any way you look at it this type of work isn’t flattering!

5. Finding trafficking red flags can save lives

Teenagers might be involved in human trafficking at a higher rate than many people realize. These teens could have new tattoos, come home late from work or school without explanation, display signs of depression and exhaustion–all things that point out involvement with someone who isn’t their family members (a sign is if they seemed happier). 


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