MTV’s Against Our Will Campaign

By , 18, Staff Writer
April 27, 2012

Did you know that there’s slavery still going on today? There’s human trafficking going on around the world, including in the U.S. This modern day slavery happens when people control others and use them to profit from their services—usually sexual.

Sex trafficking is when a person is forced into the commercial sex trade, which includes child prostitution and child pornography. Labor trafficking happens in different industries from farming to factories, from nail salons and restaurants to even people’s homes. People who are citizens, in the U.S. without a visa or undocumented workers are all used in labor and sex trafficking. Human trafficking enslaves between 12 and 27 million people across the world.

MTV’s Against Our Will campaign encourages everyone to take action in some way. Some suggestions are spreading the word about human trafficking, becoming an advocate, educating yourself and others, volunteering, organizing, fundraising or reporting any act of human trafficking. These are all ways, big and small, to make a difference.

Few people know that human trafficking is happening, which makes it difficult to get others involved in helping to make a difference. Only seven states have “safe harbor” laws for slavery, and there is limited funding to help the victims of human trafficking. Being informed that human trafficking occurs in the U.S. and around the world really had an impact on me. I am definitely moved to take action, first by spreading the word. What will you do?

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