December 30th, 2011
01:53 PM ET

January declared U.S. anti-trafficking month

U.S. President Barack Obama has declared January 2012 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

The presidential proclamation says: "Human trafficking endangers the lives of millions of people around the world, and it is a crime that knows no borders. Trafficking networks operate both domestically and transnationally, and although abuses disproportionally affect women and girls, the victims of this ongoing global tragedy are men, women, and children of all ages.

"Around the world, we are monitoring the progress of governments in combating trafficking while supporting programs aimed at its eradication. From forced labor and debt bondage to forced commercial sexual exploitation and involuntary domestic servitude, human trafficking leaves no country untouched.

"With this knowledge, we rededicate ourselves to forging robust international partnerships that strengthen global anti-trafficking efforts, and to confronting traffickers here at home."

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  1. Agreeathon

    Maybe in 2012 Obama could support enforcing illegal immigrant traffic to America.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • Moronthon

      Is he not enforcing proper border protection now?

      December 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Reply
      • LMFAO

        It's nice to find some humor now and again.

        December 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • johnway

      There are more enforcement officers along the border since Obama has been president than ever. There have also been a record number of deporations under his watch. In otherwords, he is doing more to secure our borders than any president in history.

      January 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
      • kiddopup

        typical person who belieavse the media not the facts we have fewer arrest because of bad economy but if your here he just made it harder to deport them??????WHEN ARE PEOPLE GOING TO START LOOKING UP FACTS FOR THEMSELVES INSTED OF THE AGENDA DRIVEN MEDIA???????????

        January 7, 2012 at 9:50 am |
  2. Eva

    We take this for granted in the US. I know from traveling abroad that this is nothing to kid about. Glad Obama has brought some attention to this! i have even had this calendar mention it: http://www.wincalendar.com/January-Calendar/January-2012-Calendar.html

    December 30, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  3. MKULTRA BRAINCHIPIMPLANTSMAN

    MILLIONS TO BE ASSASSINATED FOR THE SAKE OF $$$ LIABILITIES(mk-ultra, chip implants, electroshocks etc. performed on them) AND NEW WORLD ORDER(multiculturalism = terrorism) POLITICAL AGENDA KNOWN AS "YOU ARE NEXT"(financial liabilities are 2 expensive for the government and it is cheaper to get read of you instead) !!! IF YOU WERE TREATED WITH ELECTROSHOCKS OR DRUGS USED FOR WIPING OUT MEMORY(numerous Americans and Europeans were and are) AFTER ENDURING FORCED CHIP IMPLANTS(or to simply rethard individual), YOU ARE SCHEDULED AT 100% RATE AS GOOD TO GO NEXT !!!

    http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/

    LEARN TRUTH ABOUT UNITED NATIONS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AS WELL AS NEW WORLD ORDER(MULTICULTURALISM = TERRORISM) GOVERNMENTS(Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) !!! NOT THERE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS, BUT TO DENY YOUR RIGHT TO EXISTENCE !!!

    ABDUCTIONS / BRAIN CHIP IMPLANTS / BLACKLISTING / FORCEFUL UNEMPLOYMENT / MK-ULTRA BRAINWASHING AGAINST WHITE(under "NAZI" lie) CIVILIAN POPULATION TODAY IN 2011/2012 ACROSS THE EUROPE AND NORTHERN AMERICA !!!

    http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/

    WHY TO ACCEPT LIABILITIES FOR CRIMES COMMITTED WHEN WE CAN SIMPLY ASSASSINATE OUR VICTIMS(YOU) THANKS TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND FREE PRESS/MEDIA(most severe censorship of genocide ever !!!)!!


    OR
    http://www.youtube.com/user/BostjanAvsec <== OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE IN 2009 !!! These are hard facts about lunatic Obama/Bush's twilight zone administrations(HORROR) or genocide against whites per ZIONIST Washington DC and in complete agreement with communist Moscow !!!

    EXILING WHITES WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE AND IMPORTING NON WHITES IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS COMPLETELY FREE.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Reply
    • PK

      you sound like a demented monkey. Try again.

      December 31, 2011 at 10:58 am | Reply
  4. julyan

    happY New YeaR.

    December 31, 2011 at 3:06 am | Reply
  5. LMFAO

    Although this is an important issue, I would prefer to see a national congress do your job month, or maybe a national reduce the deficit month, or how about a national (you fill in the blank) month.

    December 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • Abolishionist

      Are you really so naive and ignorant that you do not see how many people human trafficking affects?! If human trafficking can be ended, small-businesses and non-profits can be started by those helped and the economy will become more dynamic and sustainable with less illegal activity and more participants. It is not an overnight process but when people like you are so ignorant and focused on themselves, nothing can be accomplished.

      January 18, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  6. CharlieSeattle

    It is an act of TREASON by Obama to legalize the dumping of 12 million illegal aliens and their naturalized children into this economy and let the unemployed American citizens pick up the tab for their crimes, healthcare and children's education.

    Obama's National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month is just a distraction from his dishonor.

    December 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  7. KandisBot

    The area of al qaida sleeper 6 unit and its larger City Buffalo had opted for non-timely services for one former HUD employee who had left job due to her inability to think at a higher level (head injury) and the churches had called her a Prophet as she went to seek help from a praying situation, they had hoped (at best & this is not good for the working part of ones life) she would need the drug/alcohol rehab services w/counseling solely and they would eventually get to her... I did see al qaida go by before 911 day, Arafat was illegally on USA soil and in open space in Niagara Falls downtown area/s and most recent sightings have been top 10 terrorists wanted who have gone by un-acknowledged by me at the time and then Ahmadinejad in 2009 & twice. Therefore, the actual reality of our environment has changed; yet it seems that the people had hoped for different services to be rendered & they were paid in advance of time to show up in local area & to me and to act as such. Weird..no terrorists but just counseling suggestions and for drugs/alcohol I don't consume.

    January 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  8. Evan Robbins

    My students and I have been working on fighting trafficking for the past six years. We have started an organization called Breaking the Chain Through Education. We have been working in the Lake Volta region of Ghana. We are building a school for a village who agreed to release all of the trafficked children in the village. We are happy to see that CNN is taking on this important topic.

    January 3, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • nl20051405

      Breaking the chain through Education seems a programme for children in Ghana. If a chain can be broken, what will happen to those children in the US, who are not permitted to fall behind as President Obama once declared two years ago? If the society has become internationalized, what doe trafficking children really mean to the national leaders?

      January 16, 2012 at 2:10 am | Reply
    • Ann

      Evan, I applaude you and your students for your work. Trafficking/modern slavery (even when conducted abroad) affects us nationally. (Trafficking is a trans-national issues , and thereby by default has a ripple affect on the US.) Unfortunately, this dynamic is difficult for some to grasp. I on my part have featured Modern Slavery as the topic on my website
      http://www.intoafricablog.com, Please keep up the good work and I will follow your project.

      January 18, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply
  9. Happy news

    January 4, 2012 at 9:07 am | Reply
  10. Tommy Hudock

    Two National wedding photographers are taking a stand against Human Trafficking by moving out of their Minneapolis apartment for a whole year and hitting the road to raise $50,000 in 50 weeks while photographing 50 weddings in 50 states! Find out more about the Fifty Nifty Tour at: http://www.thefiftynifty.com Check out their tour promo video as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=norG4MiysMk&noredirect=1

    January 4, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
    • Luxy

      Thanks Amanda for writing this piece and airshng with the community the good work that Downtown Chapel and their allies are making happen! Wow! Portland is a more compassionate city because of their efforts.

      March 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  11. studdmuffins

    Declarations always give a needed boost in the war on human trafficking. Almost as meaningful and fruitful as condemning violence. Excellent.

    January 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  12. DaveMan

    Someone should probably tell Obama that slavery ended roughly 150 years ago.
    These symbolic browny points are just a diversion to the fact that Obama is doing nothing to address his now very large list of domestic and foreign problems.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • Michelle

      Someone (you) needs to open your eyes and realize that slavery never ended and is very real, even in this country.

      January 16, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  13. LiberalNN

    Human trafficking is terrible, especially in January! It gets really, really cold in those shipping containers!

    January 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  14. Karen

    How anyone can make such horrible jokes about human trafficking is beyond me. Human Trafficking on a global standard is estimated at 36 billion .. yes I said BILLION dollars a year! Over 27 Million... yes I said Million woman, children and men a trafficked against their will in the SLAVE TRADE! Yes Modern Day Slavery exists people. Here in the great USA it is growing at a record speed and guess what... the main target.... AMERICAN WOMAN AND GIRLS. Not foreigners... our own sisters... mothers.... daughters.... and we let it happen because we think it can't happen here in the USA. I started a charity in Buffalo New York called United Hands of Hope House for DOMESTIC female survivors of Human Trafficking. United Hands of Hope House is the first safe house in Western New York to try and help the victims. Our youngest AMERICAN victim is 12 year old.... our oldest victim is 62! Open your eyes and stop making jokes about a serious crisis that needs national attention. Thank you Obama for recognizing this issue.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
    • Ann

      Karen, thank you for the details and comment! I agree with your assessment. Many do not realize the trans-national aspects of human trafficking. I have made trafficking feature of the month on my blog http://www.intoafricablog.com and would love to hear more insights.

      January 18, 2012 at 9:58 am | Reply
      • Karen

        Thank you for your understanding remarks.... only together can we truly make a difference. Someday we will end modern day slavery!

        June 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
  15. FREEMKULTRAND BRAINELEKTRODE4YA

    MILLIONS TO BE ASSASSINATED FOR THE SAKE OF $$$ LIABILITIES(mk-ultra, chip implants, electroshocks etc. performed on them) AND NEW WORLD ORDER(multiculturalism = terrorism) POLITICAL AGENDA KNOWN AS "YOU ARE NEXT"(financial liabilities are 2 expensive for the government and it is cheaper to get read of you instead) !!! IF YOU WERE TREATED WITH ELECTROSHOCKS OR DRUGS USED FOR WIPING OUT MEMORY(numerous Americans and Europeans were and are) AFTER ENDURING FORCED CHIP IMPLANTS(or to retard individual = also how homeless people are produced), YOU ARE SCHEDULED NEXT !!!

    NOW YOU KNOW WHAT ORWELLIAN UNITED STATES CONGRESS(USSR#2 which consists of lawyers or what are liars and physicians...lawyers, so crime per physicians can get away with it) AND OTHER GOVERNMENTS WORLDWIDE ARE SOOO BUSY WITH WHEN PLAYING/CLOWNING(acting) IN FRONT OF CAMERAS ONLY HOW SOMETHING HAVE TO BE DONE(deliberately omitting/delaying facts of genocide as seen on this complain) !!!

    http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/

    LEARN TRUTH ABOUT UNITED NATIONS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AS WELL AS NEW WORLD ORDER(MULTICULTURALISM = TERRORISM) GOVERNMENTS(Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) !!! NOT THERE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS, BUT TO DENY YOUR RIGHT TO EXISTENCE !!!

    ABDUCTIONS / FORCED BRAIN ELECTRODE/CHIP IMPLANTS / BLACKLISTING / FORCEFUL UNEMPLOYMENT / MK-ULTRA BRAINWASHING AGAINST WHITE(under "NAZI" lie) CIVILIAN POPULATION TODAY IN 2011/2012 ACROSS THE EUROPE AND NORTHERN AMERICA !!!

    http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/

    WHY TO ACCEPT LIABILITIES FOR CRIMES COMMITTED WHEN WE CAN SIMPLY ASSASSINATE OUR VICTIMS(YOU) THANKS TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND FREE PRESS/MEDIA(most severe censorship of genocide ever !!!)!!

    OR
    http://www.youtube.com/user/BostjanAvsec OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE IN 2009 !!! EXILING WHITES(US citizens) WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE AND IMPORTING NON WHITES IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS FREE !!!

    January 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • Michelle

      Sweetheart, you need to read the labels on your medication. You're either taking too much or not enough.

      January 16, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Reply
    • Kelsey

      I haven't seen the movie yet. But my first thought when I read about it was terpty much as Mona's ~ I've read much on the slave trade still going on in the world. I came across this article in my surfing for my post on child pron and Rust-Tierney yesterday. We have put an end to legalized slavery in this country. Other countries have not. So it's still happening in this country as those who are bought in other countries are sold here.

      March 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply

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