Human Trafficking Awareness: The Blue Heart Campaign

Human Trafficking is Modern Day Slavery:
The forceful taking of an individual’s life, liberty, or fortune and subsequent control of the individual to be sold, bought or used for personal gain is the definition of slavery. While the methodologies involved in the two forms of oppression are slightly different,  the concept is the same.

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2012 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1.  I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the vital role we can play in ending modern slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities”.

Blue Heart Campaign

Human trafficking is a criminal business in which individuals  profit from the enslavement of others for sexual servitude and forced labor. While it is often considered an international phenomena involving women from third world countries, domestic human trafficking  is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world today (second only to drug trafficking and tied with illegal arms), according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Abject poverty and other socioeconomic disparities are often the contributing factors.

• The average entry age of American minors into the sex trade is 12-14 years old.
• Many victims are runaway girls who have already suffered sexual abuse as children.