Slavery persists in the United States today, almost 150 years after the Thirteenth Amendment outlawed it. Modern day slavery, or human trafficking, takes many forms. From forced prostitution to forced domestic labor, the majority of people trafficked are women and children.
In 2007 the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as a National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness in an effort to raise consciousness about the problem. As Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who proclaimed that January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in California, remarks, “Our own vigilance is crucial to rescuing those held captive.”
What you can do
Grow your awareness throughout this month. On January 4, 2010 President Barack Obama proclaimed that January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.