Human Trafficking is a challenging subject to address because it happens in the shadows, is very difficult for law enforcement to penetrate, and has no borders. It is our hope that the Shut Out Trafficking partnership between the NCAS and the US Fund for UNICEF will shed light and help bring this horrible industry out of the shadows.
News items from just this week…
- The UN reported that the main routes for human trafficking from Africa to Europe and South America to the United States provides traffickers with an estimated income of $7 billion annually.
- The Prevention of Human Trafficking Bill was introduced to the Singapore Parliament. Currently, Singapore does not have any laws in place against human trafficking.
- A group of people kidnapped about 310 people from their homes in Bangladesh to go to Malaysia. 53 of them (all men) were rescued by authorities in Thailand and declared to be human trafficking victims. This has led to talks about a more aggressive approach to human trafficking in the country.
- The United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are meeting to cooperate the battle against human trafficking together through new strategies.
- The Tennessee General Assembly declared October 1, 2014, “International Justice Mission Day”, IJM is a global, non-profit organization combatting slavery, human trafficking, and other forms of violence in nearly 20 communities throughout Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
- The FBI has identified the San Francisco Bay Area as one of the 3 highest-intensity child sex trafficking areas in the nation and expects that the 2016 Super Bowl in Santa Clara could make things even worse unless proactive actions are taken.
- Los Angeles, CA has gone from having the worst record of human trafficking cases to being among the best in the nation for their response to the problem.
Shut Out Trafficking has a significant role to play.
Richard Lapchick (FB)