Human Trafficking Awareness Month


WHEREAS, human trafficking victims are forced to work in various forms of labor exploitation including, but not limited to, commercial sex acts and other services that are induced through force, fraud, or coercion; and

WHEREAS, due to its isolated and discrete nature, many individuals across the globe are unaware that trafficking exists in their neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that more than 20 million men, women, and children around the world are victims of human trafficking; and

WHEREAS, increased education about how to identify human trafficking along with increased  knowledge of in-state resources and services for those affected by criminal exploitation can help decrease the number of future victims; and  

WHEREAS, Virginia is committed to creating legal frameworks for investigating human trafficking and prosecuting those engaged in it; and

WHEREAS, Human Trafficking Awareness Month is an opportunity to recognize the critical role all Virginians play in preventing, reporting, and adjudicating theses heinous crimes;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize January 11, 2016, as the start of HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.