Your chance to fight human trafficking [Livestream]

It’s easy to get disillusioned with political debate. Frequently, it degenerates into petty point-scoring and partisan bickering. Constructive dialogue, it seems, often disappears out the window.

So it’s nice when an issue comes along on which nearly everybody can agree. One such issue is the problem of human trafficking -- the use of fraud, force, or coercion to exploit a child or adult for profit. It’s estimated that there are more than 12 million trafficked people in the world today -- a $32 billion industry. Every day, children are forced to perform sexual acts or work long hours in filthy, dangerous conditions for the financial benefit of someone else.

Sometimes, I imagine my own children forced into this position, and my mind almost blanks out at the horror of it.

In 2000, Congress unanimously passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act -- widely regarded as the most comprehensive piece of human-rights legislation in U.S. history. The act has done much to protect the vulnerable and support trafficking survivors. At the same time, it has given law-enforcement agencies the tools to prosecute traffickers -- both for crimes committed in the United States and abroad.

Periodically, the law has to be reauthorized to expand its scope and take into account new ways traffickers have devised to circumvent its provisions. It’s nice to be able to report that Congress has unanimously approved every reauthorization since 2000. They did so in 2003, 2005, and 2008.

But here is where things get disappointing.

The current Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act expires at the end of this month. Bills to reauthorize it are currently before the House of Representatives and the Senate. At the time of writing, the Senate bill (S1301) has 15 cosponsors, and the House bill (HR2830) has 10 co-sponsors.

Your chance to fight human trafficking | World Vision BlogFrankly, that’s not good enough. We need many more members of Congress to cosponsor and put this vital piece of legislation much higher on the agenda. You can get a quick update on whether your elected representatives have cosponsored by visiting the Library of Congress online and typing the appropriate bill number into the library’s search engine.

World Vision is asking supporters to call their members of Congress and ask them to cosponsor. And if they have already cosponsored, why not give them a call anyway and give them your vote of thanks?

If this makes you feel awkward for some reason, don’t worry. It’s easy and takes only a few minutes. Find the best number to call your senators and representatives. Make the call, follow the simple script, and you’re done. You need not know all the policy details to voice your support for this critical bill.

When it comes to trafficking, it’s easy to think we are powerless in the face of such an enormous global evil. But that view is terribly mistaken. We all have the ability to make a profound difference.

Just how? By picking up the phone and calling your elected officials now.

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World Vision ACT:S is streaming LIVE today, 10 am-5 pm EST, from Ohio State University and George Washington University raising awareness about the TVPRA and the child trafficking issue. Watch the livestream right here, or on the ACT:S livestream channel.

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If you've made the call to ask your elected officials to support the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, leave us a comment and let us know!

Comments

I called and expected to get voicemails; while one call was answered by a voice mail the other two were answered by a staff member that listened to what I said. One even asked when this Act would expire and when I said the 30th of this month, she transfered my call to Washington where another individual said they would pass on my message to my Rep. I encourage others to make this call, it only took a few minutes of my time, well worth it!

While I abhor the very thought of human trafficking, to ask our politicians to promote legislation against foreign trafficking seems to be little more than symbolism.
Our politicians refuse to seal our border with Mexico. The porous border is allowing not only drug smuggling, but also human smuggling, which leads to human slavery of those brought in illegally. These illegals are often taken to "drop houses" where they are held against their will, for ransom from their families in Mexico. They are also used on the streets of large cities as prostitutes.
If you think more legislation in the international arena will secure our border with Mexico, I'm all for it.

I made calls! Such a simple act to hopefully spur others on towards BIG change!!

Great work, guys and gals, getting the word out. You might, however, want to take another look at the numbers in paragraph 2. While the accepted/ argued ranges are vast, they are significantly higher than your numbers. Most estimates now place the number of slaves at somewhere between 27 and 40 million slaves (most are female and half are minors). The Revenues off slavery are pegged at about $300 Billion worldwide and the profits now just shy of $100 Billion. Admittedly, it's hard to get an accurate count and so we depend upon researchers and statisticians, but it is a gross plague on human society.

No, Nathan #1, this legislation in and of itself will not secure our borders with anyone (not that I think there are huge numbers of people around the world hoping to be enslaved so they can be smuggled into the United States). It does remind countries and companies and individuals, however, that we are watching and will act, when possible.

Great work guys, i am really inspired by your effort and i really want you guys to get back again and again on this topic, because human trafficking is the greatest socioeconomic and a multicultural threat to human race.

What We Can Do To STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING and to End Human Trafficking Around the World:

Learn about human trafficking and anti human trafficking programs and Educate Others. Follow United Nations Organization programs to fight human trafficking.

Look for the Signs and indicate trafficking in persons to the people.

Start a Revolution to End this Social Crime once and forever, because drop by drop an ocean forms and by the power of ocean, you can bring a tsunami of change and an eventual end to human trafficking.

http://freedomnow.org/ is welcoming volunteers from around the world to its counter human trafficking technology based mechanism, from where we can educate people about human trafficking and anti human trafficking.

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