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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Event Date: 
Sunday, January 1, 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (All day)

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month increases awareness of human trafficking as a global crisis that impacts countries all over the world, including the United States. Although human traffickers target both adults and minors, youth are particularly vulnerable. An estimated 20.9 million human trafficking victims exist worldwide, and more than one in four of these are children.

Runaway youth and youth in foster care in particular are at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking. In 2016, approximately 20% of the runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) were thought to be victims of sex trafficking. Of those sex trafficking victims, nearly 86% were reported missing while in the custody of social services or foster care.

Victims of human trafficking often experience severe consequences as a result of their enslavement, including greater risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), pregnancy, physical abuse, and drug addiction or substance use.

You can help make a difference by doing the following:

Get help, or report abuse:


Teenage girl sitting on sidewalk alone.