Earlier this summer, knowledge and content provider LexisNexis unveiled its Human Trafficking Awareness Index (HTA Index) to track and analyze the volume of news articles related to human trafficking. LexisNexis says the aim of the Index is to provide a valuable tool for campaigners looking to raise awareness of human trafficking on an ongoing basis.
Using a licensed collection of almost 6,000 of the most influential news sources from more than 120 countries, the HTA Index highlights emerging trends and patterns of awareness within and across national borders. Activists working to combat human trafficking can use this information to highlight and raise awareness to inform their efforts and gain greater understanding of the news.
"Human trafficking is a despicable and unjust exploitation of vulnerable people and is a direct consequence of the absence of the rule of law," said Judy Vezmar, LexisNexis International Chief Executive. "We hope that this tool will support campaigners in their continuing fight against trafficking."
Human trafficking is an escalating crime across the world and is now considered as lucrative as drugs smuggling and arms dealing. According to the Human Trafficking Foundation, there are more people in slavery today than in the entire 350-year history of the slave trade in the U.K.
LexisNexis have historically supported organizations working to end human trafficking, including the Somaly Mam Foundation, and publishes the Human Trafficking Handbook, the definitive legal guide to preventing trafficking.
As well as releasing the Index, LexisNexis have also produced infographics and a report analysing awareness levels since 2010 to help activists to understand how they can use the service. The HTA Index will be published on a monthly basis, free to access, and available on the Nexis websitehttps://www.nexis.co.uk/humantrafficking.php.
HOST AN EVENT ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Helping victims of human trafficking is as simple as talking to a friend. Host an event and invite the community to discuss the exploitation of human beings. At this campaign, we are eager to spread the word and we'd like to talk at any community event about human trafficking and victim identification.
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-Trafficking in Persons Report 2016 -- Complete Report (PDF)
-Introductory Material (PDF)
-Country Narratives: A-C (PDF)
-Country Narratives: D-I (PDF)
-Country Narratives: J-M (PDF)
-Country Narratives: N-S (PDF)
-Country Narratives: T-Z and Special Case (PDF)
-Relevant International Conventions/Closing Material (PDF)
These are some of the things you can do to help fight human trafficking:
Be informed! Educate yourself about human trafficking by reading about it. Follow events in the news. Keep your eyes open - human trafficking is happening all around us.
Raise awareness! Talk to friends, family and colleagues. You could even start talking to your local politicians and authorities.
Get involved! Participate in an anti-trafficking movement in your area and get involved in its activities and campaigns (e.g. hold events, distribute posters, leaflets etc.) in your neighborhood and in schools.
Encourage businesses! Be a responsible consumer! Inform yourself on the labour policies of companies to ensure their products are free from slave labour and other forms of exploitation. If possible, buy fair trade products.
Seek support! If you suspect that someone has been trafficked report it to the institutions or assistance facilities dealing with human trafficking in your area.
"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery."
– President Barack OBAMA