Modern-day slavery and human trafficking comprise a population of roughly 25 million individuals who are currently being held against their will across the world. During the first month of 2018, the White House is looking to wage war against the cause for this massive population of slaves.
In a news release proclaiming the first month of the new year to be “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month,” President Donald Trump said that his administration would “recommit” to “eradicating the evil of enslavement.”
“Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation,” Friday’s press release read.
“It has no place in our world. This month, we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality. We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.”
The White House said about 25 million people are currently being enslaved worldwide “for both sex and labor,” which the proclamation said was “a sickening crime at odds with our very humanity.”
“Human traffickers prey on their victims by promising a life of hope and greater opportunity, while delivering only enslavement,” the release read.
“Instead of delivering people to better lives, traffickers unjustifiably profit from the labor and toil of their victims, who they force — through violence and intimidation — to work in brothels and factories, on farms and fishing vessels, in private homes, and in countless industries.”
Trump also made a list of the measures his administration had already taken in its first year to wage war on human trafficking.
“In February, I signed an Executive Order to dismantle transnational criminal organizations, including those that perpetuate the crime of human trafficking,” the release read.
“My Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons has enhanced collaboration with other nations, businesses, civil society organizations, and survivors of human trafficking. The Department of Health and Human Services has established a new national training and technical assistance center to strengthen our health care industry’s anti-trafficking response.
“The Department of State has contributed $25 million to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, because of the critical need for cross-nation collaborative action to counter human trafficking,” the release continued. “The Department of Labor has released an innovative, business-focused mobile app that supports private-sector efforts to eradicate forced labor from global supply chains.
“And this month, I will sign into law S. 1536, the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act and S. 1532, the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act,” the president’s statement added.
“These bills will keep those who commit trafficking offenses from operating commercial vehicles, improve anti-human trafficking coordination within Federal agencies and across State and local governments, and improve efforts to recognize, prevent, and report human trafficking.”
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