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Human Trafficking Prevention Awareness

Updated on January 9, 2012

The Untied State Congress has set aside January 11 as human trafficking awareness day. The observation, which was set in June 2007 has continued to grow among various communities. Many organizations from federal to local levels are putting various measures in place to reach as many people as they could to create awareness that will ultimately prevent the crime in the United States and other parts of the world.

Preparations have been in place for about a month, from the presidential speech of December 31, 2011. President Barack Obama, in his speech, which was available as a press release, stated the federal government’s support of all state and local organizations efforts to combat human trafficking.

A United States report showed that 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, while the International Labor organization (ILO) estimated about 12.3 million people in forced labor, bonded labor, forced child labor, and sexual servitude at any given time.

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin States also signed a proclamation declaring January 2012 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Wisconsin.

In the same vein, Our Lady Chapel of Sisters of St. Joseph of the Carondolet and Consociates will be organizing an event titled Restoring Human Dignity .... To Our Neighbor and Ourselv. The general public is invited to pray for victims of human trafficking.

Conerstone Wesleyan Church pastor, Reverend Bob Lenz of Apache Junction, Arizona enjoined the community to join the church in prayer for intercession and intervention for the release and healing of trafficking victims and the prosecution of traffickers.

He said: “Let us share a united passion to be a light in the darkness. As we participate in this struggle to end Human Trafficking, we send a clear message that we are united to fight this battle together.”

You can also read about other organizations' efforts at


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      Bukolalove 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you L.L. Woodard. Awareness is what will lead to prevention and as a survivor myself, it is part of my effort to prevent other innocent people from going through what I experienced.

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Thanks for bringing the topic of human trafficking and those victimized by it to my attention.