This Sunday -- Super Bowl Sunday -- is the single largest day for human trafficking in the United States all year. Men, women and children created in the image of God are stripped of their sacred worth. The facts are staggering ...
According to the International Justice Mission:
- After drug dealing, human trafficking (both sex trafficking and trafficking for forced labor) is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today, and it is the fastest growing. (U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services)
- Worldwide, there are nearly two million children in the commercial sex trade. (UNICEF)
- There are an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 children, women and men trafficked across international borders annually. (U.S. Department of State)
- Approximately 80 percent of human trafficking victims are women and girls, and up to 50 percent are minors. (U.S. Department of State)
- The total market value of illicit human trafficking isestimated to be in excess of $32 billion. (U.N.)
- Sex trafficking is an engine of the global AIDS epidemic. (U.S. Department of State)
What can you do? How can you help?
It starts with awareness. National and international organizations like Love146, International Justice Mission, and the Polaris Project are great places to get information and learn what you can do, and local organizations like the Collins Center are also doing important work right here in Harrisonburg. We encourage you to learn more about these horrific practices and then take action so we can help end modern-day slavery.
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
The Collins Center: 540-432-6430