Biden proclaims that January will be Human Trafficking Prevention Month in America.
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, proclaimed this Thursday that the month of January 2022 will be the Month of the Prevention of Human Trafficking, with the aim of “combating” this practice by which every year thousands of people end up practically becoming slaves.
“I call on companies, civil society organizations, faith groups, families and all Americans to recognize the crucial role we play in the fight against human trafficking,” the president said in his proclamation, released by the House White.
The measure, which comes a few days after the International Migrant Day, on December 18, also contemplates the implementation of “appropriate programs and activities for the prevention of all forms of human trafficking,” reads the statement.
According to data from the US government, at least 25 million people are subject to human trafficking and forced labor worldwide, a business that reports about $ 150 billion in profits each year to traffickers.
Since his arrival at the White House in January 2021, President Biden has embarked on a plan to tackle irregular immigration, undoing some of the projects of his predecessor, Donald Trump, but has come under fire due to the influx of thousands. of immigrants, mainly from Central America, by the southern border of the country.
One of the latest government initiatives was the presentation, in early December, of a National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons.
Focusing on three fundamental pillars, the United States Government announced that this program aims to combat human trafficking at its roots based on the prevention of crime and the protection of victims, as well as the prosecution of criminals through partnerships between entities. federal and governments to join in this task.
“During Human Trafficking Prevention Month, let us make a decision to confront injustice and reinforce our commitment to the pursuit of dignity and freedom for all people,” Biden concluded in his proclamation on Thursday.
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