One of the main social issues it focuses on raising awareness of is human exploitation and forced labor. The list of practices included from the UN website are things like debt bondage, trafficking and other forms of modern slavery.
Going into this story, I knew very little about human trafficking. I knew little about how it affected more than 24,000 people in the United States in 2014.
Between 2008 and 2014, the number of cases related to human trafficking per year have skyrocketed.
As of 2014, Texas ranked number two for human trafficking with 2,236 cases reported, following behind only California, according to Polaris statistics.
The Polaris Project, a nonprofit, non-governmental organization based out of Washington, DC, “sparks long-term change that focuses communities on identifying, reporting and eliminating trafficking networks,” according to their website.
The Polaris Project also provides services like hotlines and text-services to help people escape from dangerous trafficking situations.
Out of the 24,062 signals received through phone calls, web forms or emails in 2014, only 5,042 cases went fully reported. That’s nearly only 20 per cent of the people that are even reaching out for help, according to Polaris statistics.
Human trafficking and social injustice as a whole are issues that are difficult to manage on a large scale, but local and national organizations that are reaching out to solve the problems will be effective in the long run.
End slavery. Once and for all.