Think Human Trafficking Is Only Happening Abroad? Think Again.


July 28, 2016

At age 13, Trisha was just another ordinary teenager in Western Canada. Sure, she rebelled and got herself in trouble from time to time, but it wasn’t unusual. Most teenagers her age were exhibiting similar forms of rebellious behavior. Sadly, her story took an unexpected — and unwarranted — turn for the worse.

After Trisha’s parents divorced, a group of men took her from outside her foster home and forced her into the sex industry against her will. In an instant, years of her life were stolen from her.

Trisha bravely shared her story in an attempt to shed light on an otherwise silent issue. Her’s is a tragic story of a destroyed youth that is repeated all over the world, but it can be prevented — and we can help.

According to the International Labor Organization, an estimated 21 million people are trafficked around the world, and 1.5 million of them are from countries such as the United States, Canada, Western Europe, and Australia.

Unfortunately, without being able to see, count, or hear about the people whose lives have been stolen, it can be difficult to raise awareness and help solve the problem.

Related: How to Recognize and Protect Our Kids From Human Trafficking

That’s why the United Nations declared July 30 as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons and adopted a Global Plan of Action to raise awareness and urge governments to action.

In order to highlight the scale of the global problem, UNICEF created an infographic below using data from the International Labor Organization. The statistics are shocking.


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Show your support for citizens around the world who are currently victims of human trafficking by sharing this story or the infographic from UNICEF. Join the conversation using #IGiveHope.

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[Lead photo of a girl writing her name on a wall in support of ending human trafficking. Photograph by UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

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