September 15th, 2014
10:58 PM ET

Race on to raise $1m in a day to combat human trafficking in U.S.

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By Leif Coorlim, CNN

A U.S. national campaign is under way to raise more than a million dollars in 24 hours.

The Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives campaign is working to raise $1 million for more than 100 non-profit organizations united in the fight against human-trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Like many other hidden criminal issues, accurate statistics on trafficking can be difficult to obtain. Globally, more than 20 million people are believed to held in slavery, according to the International Labour Organization.

The U.S. government estimates anywhere between 100,000 and 300,000 children could be “at risk” of being trafficked each year.

The U.S. State Department also states as many as 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year as well.

“Americans need to know that this tragedy is happening here at home, under our noses, and is a reality of our times especially with the influx of child trafficking happening online through sites like Backpage and Craigslist,” says Bonnie Calvin, one of the event’s organizers.

The 24-hour “giving day” will take place on September 16. The aim is to connect donors with information about the issue and the organizations working to end child slavery and sex trafficking in the U.S.

Non-profit partners of the campaign include: GEMS, Humanity United, Polaris, The McCain Institute, and Youthlink.

“These organizations work day in and day out with victims and survivors of child trafficking,” says Calvin. “They provide survivor's recovery services like education, housing, therapy and job placement.

"Beyond that, they provide the hope and direction survivors need to get their lives back on track and pointed to a brighter future.”

"This is what real empowerment looks like to victims and survivors of human trafficking,” says Rani Hong, a sex trafficking victim and now a United Nations Special Advisor for victims.

“Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives” is the result of a 2013 Ted challenge. The crowdfunding platform, Razoo.com, is also committing an additional $50,000 in cash prizes to nonprofit groups that receive the most donations on the Giving Day.

“We should not stand for child trafficking and the sexual slavery of children anywhere in the world and especially here at home.” says Calvin.

“We can be an example for the world to follow if we tackle this problem head on and eradicate it forever.”

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    It is very apparent by the news of a boat full of those who were obviously being herded into the slavery market. And intentionaly sunk by the abusers with hundreds drowned. Was a ploy by the abusers to extort the vunerable. And were killed when the plan didnt go as figured. What civilized country would not want to stop this? Those who make money from it. Greed is the driving force that places these children and poor adults in attempts to better their lives in these positions. And I cant come up with a simple answer to the problem. Except to CUT OFF the supply of money to those countries in any way possible. But the money trail is like a spiderweb going all directions. And the trafficers are using it like a highway. When human life is worth more than colored paper.. That will be a start. When girls are more important that a family money status. Another nail.. When women are treated like a equal.. The door is shut.. Lofty goals. But the truth is a hard bitter thing to taste..

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