What's Education Got To Do With It?

At this very moment, there are 4.8 million people being sexually exploited against their will, and 20 percent of them are children. When girls don’t have access to education, it increases the likelihood that they will be trafficked or forced to marry.

Forced marriage and sexual exploitation are not the only forms of slavery for children. Just like their parents, many children are forced into bondage labor. Families migrate to a new state or country with a loan from their employer and are forced to work until the debt is paid. Children have to work to help their family keep food on the table to survive. Here is the story of the families who work in India’s brick kiln industry:

No matter how you look at it, human trafficking is a global issue that requires governments, NGOs and individuals to take action to eradicate it. There are incredible people who have dedicated their lives to putting an end to human trafficking. Anuradha Koirala is a woman from Nepal who has single-handedly rescued 12,000 girls from sexual slavery and prevented 45,000 more from being trafficked. Want to learn more about this modern-day hero?

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Bottom line: education= awareness. Imagine if everyone took the time to understand human trafficking and fight it.

Education helps reduce the risk of being trafficked, and it can also help others identify when it happens. Many industries have made human trafficking training and awareness a priority. One place where this has been especially effective is airports. Learn how recognizing the signs of human trafficking helped a flight attendant save one girl from a horrible fate:

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Now that you have the facts under your belt, it’s time to take action: