Making the world a better place seems so unfathomable and giving up or not even trying is a normal mind-set today. Therefore, the global goals were created to make it easier, breaking it down to smaller task that are accomplishable. We chose goal number 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Within this global goal there are sub-categories, which are smaller goals to effectively accomplish the global goal number 16. The sub-categories are as follows:
• Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.
• End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.
• Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.
• By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organised crime.
• Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms.
• Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels.
• Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.
• Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.
• By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration.
• Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements.
• Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime.
• Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development.
Within these categories we chose the topic of human trafficking and we will be spreading awareness concerning this topic. We actually chose the subgoal human trafficking, under goal number 16 which is named “Peace, Justice and Strong institutions.”. One the targets mentioned in the goals description is to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children. Human trafficking is a disgrace created by mankind, and we are gonna help solve it.
After researching Human Trafficking, we have come across some unbelievable facts and statistics. When we chose this goal, we thought it was an issue that pertained Globally, or that Human Trafficking was a foreign concept to Norway. But I guess I was wrong, because last year according to Aftenposten’s report 324 people were registered as suspected victims of human trafficking. This is 24 more than in previous year. The majority of victims are still women who are exploited in prostitution. The statistics are worse in other countries, like for instance the United States. Here are some statistics that proves how bad it is.
- The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally.
- 68% of them are trapped in forced labor.
- 26% of them are children.
- 55% are women and girls.
- The International Labor Organization estimates that forced Labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide.
- The U.S. Department of Labor has identified 139 goods from 75 countries made by forced and child labor.
- In 2016, an estimated 1 out of 6 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims.
- Of those, 86% were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.
- There is no official estimate of the total number of human trafficking victims in the U.S. Polaris estimates that the total number of victims nationally reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex trafficking and labor trafficking are aggregated.
These statistics are just some of the many shocking numbers that coincide with such a global dilemma. People are unaware of the massive trafficking issue, which is a problem in itself.
Next week, my group and I will make an informative film regarding human trafficking. Our goal is to express awareness about the topic through film. The film is about a BBC reporter that gets access to one of the most “successful” traffickers in Northern Europe’s business. Showing of both the proses of trading at an auction and the life of a sexslave.