While exploitation may disproportionately impact the most economically disadvantaged, education can be a critical tool for addressing poverty and reducing vulnerability to child labor, child marriage and trafficking.
Access to education is a critical right enshrined in Article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Education is crucial because it gives the next generation the tools to fight poverty and prevent disease. It can help break cycles of poverty and provide the future generation with more options to reach their full potential. UNICEF's report, Harrowing Journeys, suggests that access to education can reduce a child's likelihood of experiencing exploitation while on the move.
Photo caption: Girls raise their fists in solidarity at the Ashram boarding school in Thutibar in India's Rayagada district. India has the highest number of child brides in the world. An estimated 27 percent of girls in India are married before their 18th birthday.
Human trafficking — the buying and selling of humans for exploitative purposes — is an industry that thrives on the vulnerability and desperation of its victims. The circumstances under which victims are coerced or deceived into being trafficked vary considerably, from war and natural disasters to poverty and political corruption. These conditions create chaos and fuel the desperation of the civilians affected by them.
Humanitarian crises often lead to human trafficking.
Humanitarian crisis is among these factors and finds itself creeping to the forefront as the number of global crises continues to rise. Because of the many pressing issues to address in the wake of a humanitarian emergency, trafficking is often overlooked as a direct consequence. Instead, it is often viewed as a pre-existing issue.
In January, we heighten our focus on ending child trafficking!
By Hanna Cody | Global Citizenship Fellowship Program
Thank you for your continued support of our End Trafficking Program. Throughout January, we will spotlight the world’s challenges and opportunities around addressing child exploitation; in particular, we are looking forward to working with passionate people – just like you – to take action to raise awareness of what causes trafficking and commit to building a future where no child experiences exploitation or violence.
This year, we will be focusing on conscious consumerism and how we all can demand an end to trafficking by tackling the root causes that allow exploitation to persist. Many more details are to come, but here are some ways that you can stay in the know as we get closer to January:
Join UNICEF UNITE – our newest grassroots community working in 18 U.S. cities to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work;
Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @EndTraffick; and,
View our new End Trafficking resources and keep an eye on our homepage for all the tools you’ll need to get active.
Thank you for your continued support and efforts to create a better world for children. We look forward to working alongside you this January and all year long.
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