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By clicking on the map to the right, you can zoom in on the area where you live to view reported cases of trafficking. Slaverymap was produced by The Not For Sale Campaign.

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Human trafficking is the illegal trade in human beings for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor: a modern-day form of slavery.

Human trafficking and smuggling is not the same thing! Smuggling refers to the consensual movement of illegal aliens across a country’s border. It is true however, that after a person has been smuggled they may be forced into a trafficking situation through debt bondage.

Where does human trafficking occur? EVERYWHERE

1Human trafficking is a $32 billion industry

1After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today, and it is the fastest growing.

1An estimated 27 million people are enslaved in the world today

112.3 million: number of adults and children in forced labor around
the world

12 million children are exploited in the global commercial sex trade

175% of girls engaged in formal street prostitution are controlled
by pimps

For more statistics on human trafficking within the US and abroad,
please visit www.polarisproject.org

The Kentucky Rescue and Restore Coalition was established in 2008 and is comprised of a number of partner agencies that provide direct services to victims of human trafficking. Since 2008 there have been 91 cases of human trafficking reported in Kentucky while only 17 charges/indictments have been made. However, in May 2012 the first successful conviction for human trafficking in Kentucky occurred at the federal level. In August 2012 another successful human trafficking conviction in Kentucky occurred at the state level.

Kentucky Rescue and Restore partner agencies have provided services to 138 victims including housing, medal care, legal assistance and basic living needs. Through more than 580 training workshops on conducted by the coalition, it is estimated 16500 individuals around the state have been educated on human trafficking.

Demographic data for human trafficking cases reported in Kentucky:
60% sex trafficking; 34% labor trafficking & 6% both sex and labor trafficking
53% children
48% US citizens
85% female
Please visit http://www.rescueandrestoreky.org/for more information and ways to help end slavery in Kentucky.

Human Trafficking Legislation in Kentucky Update:

On March 7th 2013, HB3 "Human Trafficking and Safe Harbor Bill" passed unanimously in the Kentucky Senate. The bill contains much needed protection for victims of human trafficking especially minors, and imposes heavier penalties on traffickers and “Johns” To view the bill please visit http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/13rs/hb3.htm.

1. BE VIGILANT - BE AWARE OF INDICATORS
1The individual has few personal possessions.
1The individual has bodily injuries.
1No control of their own identification documents.
1Unaware of what city/state they are in and have
no address.
You may be the only outsider a victim encounters.
2. SPREAD THE WORD
1Public awareness is crucial in the fight to stop human trafficking.  Human trafficking has become a huge issue in part because it remains hidden.
3. DONATE
1Support local or international efforts aimed at stopping human trafficking.
4. ORGANIZE A FUND RAISING EVENT
1Any event that helps get the word out and raises money to help the fight against modern-day slavery.
5. BUY FAIR TRADE
1Buy Items from companies that enhance the lives of their employees all the way down the supply chain.

If a product is certified as “fair trade” it means that the producers of that item have been paid and treated fairly and the commercial trade of the item continues to enhance their lives. Fair trade is an approach to empower marginalized communities and create sustainable and positive change in the world. The fair trade movement seeks to conduct commercial trade through partnership in a manner that ensures respect, transparency and dialog. Here is a great article which discusses the principles and history behind Fair Trade.

 

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