Statistics for National Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2023

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When is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2023?

When is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2023?

Jan 11, 2023

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is recognized every year on January 11. Also known as #WearBlueDay, it’s an opportunity to raise awareness about the inhumane practice which the federal government confirms strips nearly 25 million people of their “safety, dignity, and liberty – disproportionately affecting historically underserved and marginalized communities.”

“During National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we reaffirm our commitment to ending this inhumane and immoral practice in all its forms. And as we bring perpetrators to justice, we renew our pledge to help survivors recover and rebuild their lives,” the White House said in a statement.

Statistics for Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2023

From a statistical standpoint, the worldwide toll of human trafficking is sobering and highlights the critical need for increased awareness as well as legislation to combat such criminal activity.

According to the Department of Defense, some of the most current 2023 statistics on worldwide human trafficking include:

  • $99 billion is estimated to be made annually through sex trafficking.
  • 4.5 million people throughout the world are victims of forced sexual exploitation.
  • $51 billion per year is accumulated through forced labor.
  • 21 million victims worldwide are believed to be victims of forced labor.
  • One in six endangered runaways reported in the United States are likely to become victims of sex trafficking.
  • 20% of human trafficking victims are children.
  • Females forced into domestic servitude are often sexually exploited.

Human trafficking is a challenge that transcends borders, so the Department of State and United States Agency for International Development have partnered with allies across the globe to detect human trafficking, connect victims with supportive services, and strengthen accountability. In 2021, I signed into law the bipartisan Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act to prevent goods made with forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China from being imported to the United States. Throughout all of this work, we are listening to and highlighting the voices of survivors – particularly members of racial and ethnic minorities, women and girls, the LGBTQI+ community, migrants, and other disproportionately affected groups – and we will continue to ensure that survivors are treated with dignity and respect,” President Biden said via a press release.

City of West Hollywood Recognizes January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

The City of West Hollywood is participating in a number of initiatives to raise awareness about human trafficking and forced labor.

In commemoration of January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, from Tuesday, January 10, 2023 through Friday, January 20, 2023, West Hollywood City Hall and the globe lanterns above Santa Monica Boulevard will be lit blue, which is the international color of recognition for human trafficking awareness.

The City of West Hollywood offered some important resources for victims of human trafficking:

  • The National Human Trafficking Hotline: The hotline connects both victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking with services and support to get help and stay safe. Additionally, the NHT hotline receives tips about potential situations of sex and labor trafficking and facilitates reporting that information to the appropriate authorities in certain cases. Toll-free phone and SMS text lines and live online chat function are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days. To contact the hotline, call 888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree or 233733. Deaf or hard of hearing or speech-impaired people can contact the hotline by dialing 711.
  • The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) helps people who have been in forced prostitution, forced labor, and slave-like conditions by providing legal and social services. To request services or report tips regarding potential human trafficking cases, contact the toll-free, 24/7 hotline at 888-Key-2-FREE or 888-539-2373.
  • Journey Out provides comprehensive services and support to help victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. For assistance call 818-988-4970 or email
  • The Los Angeles County District Attorney, Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program is comprised of specially trained victim services representatives who are strategically assigned throughout the county to assist minor and adult victims of trafficking. For assistance, victims and advocates may call 213-974-2039.

The Department of Homeland Security’s #WearBlueDay Campaign

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes National Human Trafficking Awareness Day through its Blue Campaign (also known as #WearBlueDay).

“Blue Campaign’s largest initiative is #WearBlueDay on January 11th. To raise awareness of human trafficking, we invite the public to take photos of themselves, friends, family, and colleagues wearing blue clothing and share them on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – along with our #WearBlueDay hashtag. Anyone can participate, all you need is a piece of blue clothing!,” the Department of Homeland Security said.

For more information on the DHS Blue Campaign (@DHSBlueCampaign), please visit the agency’s following social media platforms:

Graphics to repost on your own social media platforms are also available via the DHS Blue Campaign website.

Federal S. 3103 Bill Offers Justice for Survivors of Human Trafficking/Sexual Abuse

In the past, child survivors of human trafficking and sexual abuse have faced hurdles to obtaining justice for past crimes due to various state statutes of limitations. Under the new Eliminating Limits to Justice for Child Sex Abuse Victims of 2022 – or S. 3103 – the federal statue of limitations is now removed for:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Human trafficking
  • Forced labor
  • Child pornography

As a result, survivors of such sex crimes and exploitation may now file civil claims seeking to recover financial compensation for damages – regardless of how long ago said crimes occurred.

Pursue Justice by Contacting a Human Trafficking/Sexual Abuse Attorney Today

Dordulian Law Group’s (DLG) sex crimes lawyers are dedicated to fighting tirelessly on behalf of survivors. If you’ve been victimized through human trafficking or any type of childhood sexual abuse, we will fight aggressively to hold the perpetrator(s) accountable, obtain justice on your behalf, and recover the maximum financial compensation you deserve.

Our Sexual Assault Justice Experts are here to help survivors secure justice. Contact our top-rated attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

To speak with a DLG human trafficking/childhood sexual abuse lawyer, contact us today at 866-GO-SEE-SAM. Sam Dordulian founded DLG after serving as a sex crimes prosecutor in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Dordulian and his SAJE Team (Sexual Abuse Justice Experts) provide essential 24/7 resources for survivors throughout the entire legal process.

Contact us today to discuss your case via a free, confidential, and no obligation consultation with one of our Los Angeles-area sex crimes attorneys.

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