Create a holiday recognising survivors of human trafficking and help bring awareness to it

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Abbey Ranstead-Ramsey started this petition to U.S. Senate and

Human trafficking has been a constant issue in the United States for longer than many of us have been born. I myself am a survivor of the ordeal, and have participated in many emotional support groups for survivors of it. Human trafficking is an over $32 billion dollars a year industry, and human trafficking goes far beyond only one demographic. Men, women, and children of all ages can become victims of human trafficking. The issue often goes unnoticed by the general public until the recent revelation of the major rings in Oregon and Texas. Yet nobody seems to talk about it, right? I truly believe that survivors of human trafficking should have a holiday honouring their strength, because such experiences can cause awful trauma. To survive it is to show that those that have done these things are not winning, and they will not break us down. Alongside this, a holiday and more public parades and education on the signs as well as how to avoid becoming a victim could help open the eyes of many. 

 

Human trafficking can be sex trafficking, slavery, or anything along similar lines. Victims of human trafficking never consent to the abuse, and sometimes human trafficking can be right in the middle of a suburban area, a big city, rural counties. There is no restraint to when or where these events occur. As I have said before awareness is the beginning to helping a growing problem, and the United States is one of the biggest hubs for human trafficking according to a 2018 consensus--a very recent statistic. If we stop treating the subject as a taboo, maybe we can finally open our eyes to the signs. 

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