Human Trafficking Awareness
The Zonta Club of Savannah
First Identifiers(The Community)
First Enforcers (Law Enforcement)
First Providers(Human Service Agencies)
First Informers (The Media)
All the above partners have a desire to rescue and restore victims from slavery and to prosecute the traffickers.
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
~ The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
“One reason why we have seen more arrests here in Lee County than in some states is because the community is aware of the problem.”
--Chief Asst. US Attorney Doug Molloy, 8/31/06
What is Human Trafficking?
Human Trafficking is Modern-Day Slavery--the use of force, fraud, or coercion to recruit, harbor, transport, provision (supply), or obtain a person for the purpose of subjection tgo involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
Slavery is not a metaphor, it is a reality. 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked in their own country. 80% are female and 50% are children. It annually generates approximately $32 billion internationally, making it the largest international crime second only to drugs.
The United States of America is not immune to this issue. We are not just the recipients of trafficked vicitims. A significant number of American youth are trafficked for sexual purposes across the U.S. and in some cases to other economically advanced countries. "...an estimated 200,000 American children [are] at risk for trafficking into the sex industry" (U.S. Department of Justice, 2004)
Purposes of a Community Task Force
§ To serve as liaison between law enforcement and service providers.
§ To coordinate community resources.
§ To promote community awareness.
§ To act as a support group for law enforcement and service providers.
§ To advocate for strong legislation.
Thank you for your continued interest in preventing human tafficking. For more information about what you can do to help, please email: StopHumanTrafficking@zontasavannah.com.