Human trafficking is one of the greatest under-addressed issues of our time. More than 21 million people around the globe are trapped in what amounts to modern slavery.
Human trafficking victims are men and women, boys and girls, U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. They are people exploited in fields and factories, brothels and motels, in fishing boats and mines. While slavery is illegal in every country in the world, cases of forced labor and sex trafficking are found all around the globe, including the United States.
Despite the enormity of the issue, our response has been anemic. According to the International Labor Organization traffickers make $150 billion in profits a year. Traffickers make more profits in a day than the global community spends fighting this heinous crime each year. The U.S. government spends approximately 1% fighting human trafficking of what it spends fighting arms or drug trafficking. It is time to do more.
The End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015, introduced by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), would authorize $250 million in U.S. funds to leverage a $1.5 billion dollar global fund to combat human trafficking around the world.
This would be the most dramatic increase in funding for anti-human trafficking efforts we have ever seen, and would leverage U.S. leadership and foreign aid to attract investments from the private sector and foreign governments.
Join United Way and contact your Senator and ask them to Co-Sponsor the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015!