January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. An issue that is often underreported, human trafficking is a major global crisis. Organizations like the Polaris Project bring much-needed awareness to the magnitude of the problem. Most succinctly defined as true modern-day slavery, human trafficking robs human beings of their freedom and is present around the globe including the United States.
Over time, through research and observation, the Polaris Project has honed a 3 part model to disrupt trafficking:
- Respond to victims of human trafficking effectively and immediately.
- Equip key stakeholders and communities to address and prevent human trafficking.
- Disrupt the business of human trafficking through targeted campaigns.
In addition, they have launched programs ranging from National Hotlines which connect survivors with critical support, to Data Analysis models which ensure strategies are backed by quantifiable data and to understand the scope and size of the global problem.
The Polaris Project is approaching this issue with integrity, strategy, and grit. We are honored to support their mission.
To learn more about their work. visit the Polaris Project site.
5 Figures to Illustrate the Scope of the Issue:
As of 2016, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking around the globe.
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Of the 20.9 million human trafficking victims, the ILO estimates that 26% are children and 55% are women and girls. Global Grandmothers is passionate about the work the Polaris Project does, because children are too often the victims.
The ILO estimates that human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide. The sheer magnitude and amount of money generated from trafficking makes it a very complex issue to tackle. The money is very much on the side of the perpetrators and not the resistance.
1 in 6
In 2016, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 6 endangered runaway children were likely child sex trafficking victims.
According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children. Because human trafficking spans the entire globe, crossing borders, sovereign governments have difficulty limiting its scope.
Global Grandmothers is grateful to the Polaris Project for their ongoing work in addressing human trafficking and gladly include their organization as one of our recommended nonprofits.