Sex slavery and human sex trafficking hold almost 25 million individuals in captivity worldwide. In a new press release, President Trump’s administration pledges to help those in trouble.
“National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month” will be held in January. President Trump said his administration would “recommit” to “eradicating the evil of enslavement.”
From the statement:
Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation…
It has no place in our world. This month, we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality. We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.
The release called sex trafficking “a sickening crime at odds with our very humanity.”
Human traffickers prey on their victims by promising a life of hope and greater opportunity, while delivering only enslavement.
Instead of delivering people to better lives, traffickers unjustifiably profit from the labor and toil of their victims, who they force — through violence and intimidation — to work in brothels and factories, on farms and fishing vessels, in private homes, and in countless industries.
President Trump outlined the efforts he has already made to eradicate this problem.
In February, I signed an Executive Order to dismantle transnational criminal organizations, including those that perpetuate the crime of human trafficking.
My Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons has enhanced collaboration with other nations, businesses, civil society organizations, and survivors of human trafficking. The Department of Health and Human Services has established a new national training and technical assistance center to strengthen our health care industry’s anti-trafficking response.
The Department of State has contributed $25 million to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, because of the critical need for cross-nation collaborative action to counter human trafficking. The Department of Labor has released an innovative, business-focused mobile app that supports private-sector efforts to eradicate forced labor from global supply chains.
And this month, I will sign into law S. 1536, the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act and S. 1532, the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act.
These bills will keep those who commit trafficking offenses from operating commercial vehicles, improve anti-human trafficking coordination within Federal agencies and across State and local governments, and improve efforts to recognize, prevent, and report human trafficking.
President Barack Obama made a similar decision back in January 2017, but this is the first effort that takes fully under place of the Trump administration. We look forward to the administration’s achievements on this issue.
This week, we saw just how detrimental the sex trafficking problem is. It found a foothold in the tech industry and stayed put.