“Nothing happens just because we are aware... but nothing will ever happen until we are.”
— Gary Haugen, CEO and Founder of International Justice Mission
What is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons?
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is an annual event globally observed on July 30th.
The day was established on December 18, 2013, by the United Nations General Assembly with the desire to:
- Raise awareness
- Promote the protection of the rights of trafficking victims
- Encourage governments, organizations, and individuals to prevent and combat trafficking in persons
What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking is a criminal act where individuals are taken through force, deception, threats or manipulation. Victims are subject to forced labour, prostitution, and other forms of sexual exploitation. It is a serious crime and a violation of human rights, as it involves the exploitation and abuse of vulnerable individuals who are bought and sold like goods for financial gain or other self-serving purposes.
Where is human trafficking a problem?
Human trafficking is a global issue affecting an estimated 28 million people around the world. However, some countries have particularly high rates of trafficking. The crime flourishes in regions where public justice systems struggle to hold perpetrators accountable and control the rate of crime.
Why is human trafficking still a significant problem today?
- Economic demand: The demand for cheap labour fosters exploitative practices while the high profitability of this crime entices individuals to target and take advantage of vulnerable people around them.
- Social vulnerability: Migration, poverty, and gender inequality are all factors that contribute to social vulnerability. Traffickers exploit vulnerable people through force, threats or false promises of better lives and job opportunities.
- Lack of protection: Victims are enslaved indefinitely because they lack protection. The lack of awareness of the crime causes many instances to go undetected or unreported. Even when cases are reported, weak or ineffective law enforcement fails to deliver effective responses, preventing victims from receiving the justice they deserve.
Together, we can fight against human trafficking until all are free
Make A Difference
Sign the Canada Declaration!
Awareness is the first step. Meaningful action is the next. Join us as we strive to see Parliament recognize its unanimous support of a Zero Tolerance approach to human trafficking in Canada.Sign the Declaration
Together, we can end trafficking and modern slavery for good.
For more than 25 years, courageous partners worldwide have partnered with us to bring freedom and safety to vulnerable children, women and men. From our first rescue operations to our rapid global expansion, IJM has protected over 10.7 million vulnerable people from violence to build a safe future that lasts. Will you help send rescue and protection until everyone is free?