Sayla Font, age 5, right, trains with Carter Davis, age 9, left, in an anti-human trafficking self-defense workshop.
A public event to spread awareness about human trafficking took place in Cornerstone Daycare Center on Jan. 16 in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. The event informed attendees on ways to report instances of human trafficking, find help for trafficking survivors and learn ways to defend yourself from kidnappers. There is no official figure estimating the number of human trafficking victims in the United States. But, Polaris the organization operating the National Human Trafficking Hotline estimates there to be hundreds of thousands of victims of sex and labor trafficking in the U.S. when factoring in adults and minors.
In 2018, the Walk Free Foundation formed a report, the Global Slavery Index, which estimated more than 400,000 people suffered forced labor, sexual subjugation and non-consensual marriage in the U.S. Walk Free made the report using data from groups such as the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO), aggregating information on trafficking victims from the UN’s International Organization for Migration and conducting national surveys.
ILO and Walk Free published a report in 2017 estimating that in 2016, nearly 40 million people were victims of modern slavery worldwide. Children less than 18 years old made up about 25 percent of all victims. In 2016, 4.8 million people were victims of sexual exploitation globally. About 20 percent of them were children.
Photos shot for @patch, 1/16/20
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