In a proclamation delivered to the United States on January 4th, 2010, President Barack Obama declared the month of January  National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Today in the United States, over 300,000 American children are being trafficked for sexual exploitation. Slavery, a real life injustice affecting humans, is not commonly acknowledged as being an major issue in the United States, yet it is a quickly growing crime that is claiming the freedoms, and often times, lives of thousands of children, men and women. Obama’s proclamation urged for all citizens to educate themselves and for an increase in local awareness and prevention. As the trafficking of humans occurs daily in our backyards, efforts for improved victim identification, medical and social services, training for first responders, increased public awareness, and protection and justice for the victims of this crime are currently being developed and established.

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