February is Black History Month in the United States. Honor this time by learning about how human trafficking affects communities of color.
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February is Black History Month in the United States. Honor this time of year by learning about and understanding how human trafficking has a disproportionate impact on communities of color. This is particularly true for girls and women in those communities.
Generally speaking, marginalized communities are at increased risk for modern day enslavement. This is true for African Americans. For example, as Gabrielle Union writes in Essence Magazine, 52% of all juvenile prostitution arrests in the US are African American. People who have been in prison, especially women, face additional trafficking risk. Additionally, the US Dep't of Justice reports that over half of all confirmed sex trafficking victims and survivors are African American.
Understanding how disparities in access and opportunity has an impact on communities of color is essential to fighting human trafficking in the United States. For more information about this subject, read the article by Gabrielle Union or this January 2019 article from The Voice of Black Cincinnati. The nonprofit organization Demoiselle to Femme has an informative PowerPoint deck, "Human Trafficking: Black Girls are Still Enslaved," that is useful for educators.
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