Starting on 2013, as declared by the United Nation’s General Assembly, July 30th was chosen as the World Day Against Human Trafficking. Said declaration claims that this day is important to create awareness regarding victims of human trafficking, in order to protect and guarantee their rights.
Human Trafficking is defined as the kidnapping of people for their sexual enslavement. Besides violating their integrity and bodies, these actions also violate their rights as citizens of the world.
According to official numbers provided by the United Nations, around 2.5 millions of people all over the world are human trafficking victims, out of which 22% are boys and 50% girls.
According to studies, among the many factors that lead to this tragic crime, poverty, violence and alcoholism are the main causes behind it. Complicating matters is the fact that many minors are never registered as citizens of their own countries or may live as refugees, which difficult keeping track of them.
2018 saw the creation of social media hashtags encouraging more people to join the campaign to raise awareness regarding this horrible crime, of which often little is known about and even less done to fight it. Said hashtags were #Trafficking and #EndHumanTrafficking, which became trending topics in many countries the world over.