The United States Government has a moral and constitutional responsibility to ensure that American citizens do not become victims or enablers of Modern Day Slavery.
An increasing movement of people of many faiths and backgrounds, motivated by shared moral convictions, are taking an increased action to end this practice.
Please join us in challenging the United States Government and the News Media in increasing education and awareness of modern day slavery to American citizens.
- UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
- United States News Media
I urge you to make anti-human trafficking legislation a priority. Many Americans are unaware that slavery still exists in the United States because it is commonly believed that trafficking happens only in developing countries. However, what so many are unaware of is that the United States is one of the world’s primary destinations for trafficking. It is said to believe that every year there are as many as 17,000 people trafficked to the United States from over 50 countries worldwide, of which 8% are female and 50% are children. Over 300,000 children are trafficked annually into urban areas such as Washington D.C., New York, and Los Angeles. Areas where there is a great amount of tourism, including Las Vegas and Florida, are also major destinations for trafficking victims. Victims are often tricked into accepting a job offer that promises them a better life. Instead, they find themselves subjected to force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor. These victims are young children, teenagers, men and women, trapped in a cycle of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse. The American children and women who are trafficked come from big cities and small towns. They come from affluent, middle class, and lower-income families and from many ethnic backgrounds. Human trafficking is a health, security, and moral issue, which erodes both our political systems and communities.
Education and awareness is imperative. Educating American citizens about trafficking and providing information on how to become familiar with signs of it occurring is extremely important. Additionally, one of the most effective measures taken would be to educate our youth about this issue in order to prevent them from becoming victims of this practice.
It is difficult to imagine that people in the world today are still bought and sold, bartered for and mistreated, but the plight of modern day slavery is very real. It is still every bit as ugly as it was 200 years ago and it must end.
No matter what our religious beliefs or political affiliation, we can all agree that no human being deserves to be treated this way. Please sign this petition which will be presented to the United States Government and to the American News Media.
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