President Trump has declared January to be “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month,” the White House said on Friday.
“Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation. It has no place in our world,” the White House said in a statement, noting that sex and labor trafficking enslaves as many as 25 million people.
“Instead of delivering people to better lives, traffickers unjustifiably profit from the labor and toil of their victims, who they force — through violence and intimidation — to work in brothels and factories, on farms and fishing vessels, in private homes, and in countless industries,” the White House further stated.
During the past year, the Trump administration has made serious efforts to address the scourge of human trafficking, including the creation of an inter-agency task force aimed at developing new anti-slavery policies. Trump also signed an executive order that targets criminal organizations involved in the despicable practice.
“This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality,” the White House said on Friday. “We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.”
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