Hope For Youth

As the month of Human Trafficking Prevention comes to a close…

We’d like to share some facts with you. Currently, there are estimated to be more than 24.9 million people — adults and children — subjected to human trafficking around the world, including here in the United States. Traffickers often take advantage of instability caused by natural disasters, conflict, or even a pandemic to exploit others.

Like the United States, many countries around the world have worked to implement the “3P” paradigm of preventing the crime, protecting victims, and prosecuting traffickers, through the passage and implementation of national anti-trafficking laws. Today, there are 178 parties to the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons. Only 14 of the 188 countries and territories assessed in the Department of State’s 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report have yet to adhere to this international standard to ensure their laws criminalize all forms of human trafficking, and take concerted steps to prevent human trafficking, protect all victims, and cooperate internationally to combat this global crime. Raising awareness of this crime is paramount to fighting it. Begin to have a better understanding by clicking here.