Is It Possible to End Human Trafficking Through Education?
With the past two years of COVID-19, human trafficking has only gotten worse. Law enforcement and other government agency resources diverted onto vital pandemic response efforts has resulted in traffickers utilizing the crisis to expand their operations in many areas. It is estimated that 24.9 million people have been subjected to human trafficking around the world. About 25 percent of the victims are under 18, most of them women and girls.
“The pandemic has increased vulnerabilities to trafficking in persons, while making trafficking even harder to detect and leaving victims struggling to obtain help and access to justice,” said United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director, Ghada Waly.
Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provisioning or obtaining of a person for labor or services through force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, debt bondage or slavery.
Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) has been speaking out about modern-day slavery since 2001 and has raised awareness on this issue by educating youth on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).