Today Generation Freedom launches. It is a campaign RSN joined to collect signatures and send a message to our presidential candidates that freedom is a priority and it is time to end human trafficking. The next President of the United States has an historic opportunity to use the power of the Oval Office to help eradicate modern slavery here at home and around the world.
Human trafficking is one of most compelling, destructive, and under-addressed human rights issues of our time. Human trafficking is defined as the exploitation of a person through force, fraud, or coercion for labor or commercial sex. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), there are roughly 21 million victims of human trafficking around the world. Trafficking can happen anywhere: in suburban homes and agricultural fields, at hotels and truck stops, in gold mines and cotton fields, on fishing boats and factory floors. Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world with traffickers making an estimated $150 billion dollars in profits every year.
This is a global and national crisis that has gone on for too long, operating in the shadows and out of the public discourse. It’s time for America to be a leader in eradicating modern slavery. Each year the federal government dedicates less than $150 million to combatting human trafficking, compared to $30.5 billion for the war on drugs. That is why we are asking the presidential candidates to commit to spending $3 billion to address and eliminate human trafficking.
The richest and most powerful country in the world can and should do more to take on human trafficking. If we commit to invest in a solution, we can lead the way to a more just and compassionate world overall. The land of the brave and the home of the free simply cannot afford to allow human trafficking to occur in our country or any country.
Please join Generation Freedom to let the candidates – and the next American President – know that fighting slavery is important to you and to hold him or her accountable to solving the problem.