Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of "labor or services," such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm workers forced to labor against their will. According to the United Nations, more than 12 million people are exploited worldwide for forced labor and sexual exploitation. The Polaris Project estimates that right here in America, as many as 100,000 children are victims of sex trafficking each year.
The Clinton Franciscans took a Corporate Public Stand on human trafficking in 2015. Read more about it HERE.
Do you suspect someone is being trafficked? Click HERE to learn how to recognize signs of possible human trafficking.
Our Anti-Trafficking Committee is open to all. Meetings are held at 9:00 A.M. on the second Tuesday of the month at The Canticle, 841 Thirteenth Avenue North in Clinton. For more information contact Lori Freudenberg at 563-242-7611.
Labor Trafficking Modern Day Slavery (video 5 minutes)
An introductory video explanation of labor trafficking.
Products of Slavery (map)
A map of the world showing where products are made using child labor or forced labor.
Better World Shopper (online database)
The Better World Shopper is a database of products and ranks popular brands by their social and environmental responsibility: from the environment to human rights, community development to animal protection. The information is available via the website, a book and a mobile app. Created by Dr. Ellias Jones, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA.
Slavery Footprint (online survey)
The Made in a Free World organization created this online survey that calculates how many slaves are exploited to sustain your individual lifestyles choices.
Digging at Our Conscience: The Mining Toolkit (36-page document)
The Mining Toolkit, provides information about the impact of mining on local communities worldwide and suggests ways we can make more responsible consumer choices. Produced by The Future We Need a faith-based organization with a mission of education and advocacy about sustainable development issues.
2016 Annual Trafficking in Persons Report (422-page document)
The annual Trafficking in Persons Report, prepared by the US Department of State, describes the extent of labor and sex trafficking in each country and outlines strategies for preventing it.
Polaris Project (national organization)
Polaris is a national anti-trafficking advocacy organization concentrating on victim services via a toll-free hotline. They also train law enforcement and others to identify trafficking situations and work to bring about effective anti-trafficking legislation.
OTHER ANTI-TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS
Free the Slaves
End Slavery Now
International Justice Mission
Not for Sale
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