$25 Million Awarded to End Human Trafficking

On Thursday, September 14, a press release issued by the Department of State announced that the United States will be awarding $25 million to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) toward programs that strive to end modern slavery, also known as human trafficking.

This award was granted by the State Department’s Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons under its Program to End Modern Slavery, launched earlier this year.

According to the press release, this initiative also seeks to raise an additional $1.5 billion from other donors to put toward the program.

With this funding, GFEMS will spend the next three years coming up with projects to combat all forms of modern slavery that will align with an anti-trafficking framework referred to as the “3 Ps”: prosecution, protection, and prevention.

This project should also include insight from survivors in the design and implementation of these projects.

The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery is a nonprofit organization that is based on three core areas: rule of law, business engagement and sustaining freedom. Through these core areas, the Fund will seek to create a public-private partnership to dramatically expand resources and develop focused, coherent strategies across countries and industries to reduce the prevalence of modern slavery.

The Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution clearly states that “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.”

However, according to the FBI, human trafficking is believed to be the third largest criminal activity in the world and has no demographic restrictions.

Typically, human trafficking cases can be classified under: Domestic Sex Trafficking of Adults, Sex Trafficking of International Adults and Children, Forced Labor and Domestic Servitude.

The FBI believes that the most effective way to investigate human trafficking is through a collaborative, multi-agency approach with our federal, state, local, and tribal partners.

While the FBI has a few different departments organized to be apart of human trafficking cases, investigations often come to the attention of field offices and task forces through these avenues:

  • Citizen complaints;
  • The National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline;
  • A referral from a law enforcement agency;
  • A referral from non-government organizations (NGOs);
  • Proactive victim recovery operations; and
  • Outreach to state government and community entities.

Some other national/global organizations that are also a part of the anti-human trafficking movement include, The National Research Consortium on Commercial Sexual Exploitation (NRC-CSE), Polaris Project and Shared Hope International, among many others.