Let´s face it: Human trafficking is a booming business. There are about five million victims of sex trafficking and more than 16 million people work under forced, slave-like, conditions. The majority of these victims are women and girls.
In many countries, the trafficking survivors face stigma and difficulties to build a new and somewhat normal life.
Trafficking survivors need medical care for the health problems and injuries caused by their traffickers or customers. They need psychological treatment for the trauma. They need shelter, legal assistance, and financial resources. Many governments aren´t doing enough. After all, these things cost money and governments invest in things they find more urgent and profitable. This is the sad truth all over the world.
Ending trafficking is not the priority for many countries and ending the stream of people trafficked to other countries would need more and better international cooperation.
There are people who make a difference. All around the world groups and non-profit organizations stand up for the rights of women and girls, offer the helping hand that is so desperately needed.
In the USA work of these organizations is welcomed, but we need to be aware that not all countries have the same legal system and protective rights.
Take Nigeria, for example, for decades now an armed conflict is shaking the country. Humanitarian needs are many but help is few. Victims of trafficking are often forgotten in countries that are struggling under armed conflicts. Help falls short for them and the attention is elsewhere.
With high-profile cases such as the Jeffrey Epstein case, the public gets more and more aware of the situation of sex trafficking victims and increased awareness can lead to change.
But deep change is only possible with organizations such as Beyond Freedom. These organizations are important and they need your support to support survivors.