Human trafficking can affect anyone, but some people are more vulnerable than others. Important risk factors include recent migration or relocation, substance addiction, mental health problems, involvement with the child welfare system, and being a runaway or homeless youth. Traffickers often locate and manipulate their victims’ vulnerabilities in order to create dependency.
Victims are forced to engage in commercial sex and work in both legal and illegal industries and sectors in the United States, including catering, travelling sales crews, agriculture, janitorial services, manufacturing, landscaping, restaurants, factories, caring for people with disabilities, salon services, massage parlors, retail services, fairs and carnivals, peddling, and begging.
Today, it is estimated that between 20 million and 40 million people are enslaved in modern slavery around the world. It’s difficult to gauge the full scope of human trafficking because too many cases go unnoticed, which the United Nations refers to as ” the hidden figure of crime.”
Human trafficking is unacceptably prevalent in our society. It jeopardizes national and economic stability, threatens the rule of law, and jeopardizes the well-being of people and societies everywhere.
It is an exploitation crime in which smugglers benefit from their victims by forcing them to do labor or partake in commercial sex in every area of the United States and across the world. Human traffickers prey on adults and children of all genders, cultures, and nationalities around the world, with an estimated 24.9 million victims at any given time.
Human trafficking occurs as a result of our acceptance of it.
It is normalized by pop culture.
It is glamorized by music.
It’s romanticized in movies.
It is promoted on social media.
But if we work together, we can fight it.
The Human Freedom Music Awards are a campaign that brings together musicians and fans to raise awareness of human trafficking. Humans Against Trafficking, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, developed the HFMAs, which are backed by a million-dollar reward pool and funded by musicians and creators including OneRepublic and Mike Elizondo. The awards will be given to the musicians whose songs have had the most positive effect in the fight against human trafficking.