This January marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, a document that affirmed the objections to forced servitude, slavery, and ownership of human beings. Despite this centuries old legislation, slavery still exists today. As a result, January has more recently come to be known as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the United States.
During this month, the United States government has encouraged citizens to become aware of modern-day slavery around the globe, inspiring them to work to combat this abuse on human rights. January has become the month where Americans are urged to educate themselves on human trafficking and to take action in any ways they can. This can become a time to reflect and increase public awareness of the injustices occurring around the globe, including those happening on a daily basis in Ghana. National Slavery and Human Trafficking prevention month is all about education, awareness, and action.
Poverty and corruption unfortunately exist across the globe, driving human trafficking and slavery. This January, however, many have pledged to take action and educate themselves as well as others in their communities, neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools. National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month is shining a light in the dark by helping to raise humanitarian support for this blatant human rights violation.