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The International Labor Organization estimates that at any given time 24.9 million people are trapped in forced labor worldwide. These enslaved men, women and children generate $150 billion per year in illicit profits for traffickers, making human trafficking the second most profitable organized crime in the world. Victims are forced to work under threat or coercion as domestic workers, on construction sites, in factories, on farms and for commercial sex. One in four of these victims are children.
Students are emerging as a critical part of the grassroots effort to raise awareness and join the fight to end this heinous crime. We need your help! As a leader in the anti-trafficking field, the McCain Institute supports student-leaders motivated to make a difference with the Student Alliance Against Trafficking initiative. This year, the Student Alliance partnered with 40 campuses across the United States, in the United Kingdom and in Uganda to raise awareness and inspire the next generation of leaders to end trafficking. Members of the Student Alliance network are empowered with the skills to resist exploitation in their own communities and join the growing network of global leaders working to eliminate all forms of human exploitation. You will enable the Student Alliance to expand to new campuses, building on the solid foundation established by Student Alliance leaders around the world.
Please join us in raising awareness and inspiring the next generation of leaders to take action in the fight to end trafficking. Together, our potential is limitless.