ZANZIBAR, Tanzania, January 11, 2022 / APO Group / –
On December 30, 2021, President Biden proclaimed January 2022 as National Trafficking Prevention Month. An estimated 24.9 million people are caught in some form of human trafficking worldwide, including in the United States, and COVID-19 continues to make millions more vulnerable to exploitation by human traffickers. persons.
Human trafficking deprives millions of people of their dignity and freedom, erodes the rule of law, and at the same time threatens public safety and national security. Human traffickers take advantage of adults and children of all ages, genders, sexual orientation, expression of gender identity, sexual characteristics, backgrounds and nationalities, exploiting them for profit, by forcing their victims to perform jobs or participate in commercial sex. An estimated 24.9 million people are subject to human trafficking; As the global economic and social impacts of COVID-19 continue, we believe this number is increasing.
Since the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) in 2000, the United States’ commitment to combat human trafficking has only grown. Since 2010, all US Presidents have dedicated the month of January to the National Prevention of Human Trafficking by Presidential Proclamation to raise awareness about the different forms of human trafficking and how to identify and address this crime. Each year, US embassies and consulates play an important role in raising awareness around the world about preventing human trafficking and how to recognize this crime.
In Tanzania, the US government works with the Tanzanian government’s Anti-Trafficking Secretariat, under the Ministry of the Interior, and other stakeholders to increase efforts to investigate, prosecute, and convict trafficking offenders with respect due process of law and human rights. Additionally, the U.S. Embassy awarded Disability Relief Services – Tanzania $ 24,998 in 2021 through the State Department’s Julia Taft Refugee Fund grant to combat human trafficking in Nyarugusu refugee camp and district by Kasulu. With an emphasis on vulnerable populations (refugees and people with disabilities), DRS-Tanzania addresses local authorities and community members to raise public awareness and discuss how each person can play a role in the fight against human trafficking in Tanzania.
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