Awareness of human trafficking or modern slavery is increasing. “The international response to modern slavery began with the adoption of the Palermo Protocol in 2000 and has continued to grow. Multilateral organizations are ramping up efforts to combat trafficking by incorporating anti-trafficking policies into discussions of other pressing topics. What was once a stand-alone issue is being integrated into work on other topics, including national security, human rights, violence against women and children, migration management and refugee protection, business responsibility and supply chain accountability, and economic development. In addition to leveraging their member states' expertise and resources, multilateral organizations generate momentum to develop global, regional, and even domestic strategies to help dismantle trafficking networks and empower vulnerable populations.” Download the full Trafficking in Persons Report 2016 at https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/258876.pdf Accessed 10/12/2017
Be sure to read “What Nurses Need to Know about Human Trafficking” in this issue of JCN. Do you have firsthand experience assisting a person who has been trafficked? Email a brief description of the interaction to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may place it on our blog to increase awareness of this global issue.