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Watch and Share New PSA on Child Trafficking

End Trafficking

Worldwide, 5.5 million children are victims of forced labor and child trafficking. They have been bought and sold, forced into prostitution, or forced to work at grueling, dangerous jobs with little or no pay. Thousands of these children live right here in the United States.

UNICEF believes ZERO children should suffer this way. Believe in ZERO exploited children, ZERO abused children, ZERO trafficked children. Watch and share this PSA today to help raise awareness about this global issue!

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  • Ben Goldhirsh

    thanks for sharing. this is heartbreaking. Do you have a sense of whether this number is growing, declining, remaining flat? What have been the best responses to tackle this nightmare?

    • End Trafficking

      Hi Ben,

      Many estimates say that human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, second only to drug trafficking. Worldwide, it reaps profits of an estimated $32 billion a year, making it extremely profitable. In addition, enforcement of new legislation to address this crime has been weak, creating a high profit, low risk scenario for traffickers.

      UNICEF addresses this issue under the umbrella of Child Protection, which is separated into two pillars: addressing social norms and strengthening systems. Addressing social norms can include working with community leaders to end child marriage and other norms that put children at risk of exploitation. Strengthening systems involves working with governments, health and social workers, and law enforcement to ensure that children are treated as victims, not criminals. Without strong systems we can find children places in jail WITH adults, creating a system of extreme vulnerability. For more on UNICEF's Child Protection work, please visit: http://www.unicefusa.org/work/protection/

      If you'd like to know what could be done on a community level, please see our op-ed from last week: http://www.good.is/posts/human-trafficking-in-the-u-s-and-what-you-can-do-about-it

      If you have any more questions about how you can get involved, please feel free to reach out to us at endtrafficking@unicefusa.org.

      Thank you!