January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month in the USA
UN Office on Drugs & Crime focuses on human trafficking and migrant smuggling. View website at UNODC.org
Human trafficking is the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them. Smuggling of migrants involves the procurement for financial or other material benefit of illegal entry of a person into a State of which that person is not a national or resident. Virtually every country in the world is affected by these crimes. The challenge for all countries, rich and poor, is to target the criminals who exploit desperate people and to protect and assist victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants, many of whom endure unimaginable hardships in their bid for a better life. As the only United Nations entity focusing on the criminal justice element of these crimes, the work that UNODC does to combat human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime and its protocols on trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling.
Human Trafficking is one of three major criminal businesses in the world. The others are trade in illegal drugs and illegal weapons. Please watch the 11.27 minute video below produced by Santa Clara County that educates and suggest ways you can make a difference. Human Trafficking; Know the Red Flags: https://youtu.be/KE8tZafMGWw