What can you do with 10 cents?: Protecting the Gains of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act

A migrant child in Thailand, some of the most vulnerable to trafficking. © 2012 World Vision

A migrant child in Thailand, some of the most vulnerable to trafficking.
© 2012 World Vision

We often say or read that human trafficking is a $32 billion industry and the second largest illegal trade after the illegal drug trade. $32 billion is a huge number. I don’t know about you but when I hear numbers that large I think, “Wow, that’s a lot”, but find it difficult to understand what that means, especially for vulnerable or enslaved men, women, and children. So let’s put this number in perspective: For every $32 a trafficker makes, the U.S. government spends 10 cents prosecuting them, providing services to survivors, and protecting vulnerable men, women, and children.

10 cents: I can’t get anything or anywhere for 10 cents. But with those 10 cents the United States government works with governments to strengthen their response to modern-day slavery, funds programs to provide services to survivors, trains and strengthens U.S. law enforcement in the U.S. and abroad, and works to prevent vulnerable men, women, and children from becoming enslaved. The U.S. accomplishes a lot with those 10 cents.

Right now Congress is deciding where limited amounts of money should go. We need your voice. We’re not asking for new money. The small amount of funding that goes to fund the U.S. fight against modern-day slavery is critical and will ensure that the gains that have been made through the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act are sustained. During these tight fiscal times, even those 10 cents are potentially on the chopping block. We believe in a responsible federal budget but cuts should not be made on the backs of the most vulnerable. You all worked so hard to pass the TVPRA, now we need to make sure the critical programs authorized are funded.

Your elected leaders have until the end of next week to submit requests for funding. Call your Members of Congress and ask them to support strong funding to fight modern-day slavery.

“Hello, my name is ____________ and I’m a constituent from ___________. Last month Congress reauthorized the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.  I’d like to ask Senator/Representative ____________ to support strong funding to fight human trafficking.   I support funding the law at last year’s levels. Thank you.”

This post has 3 comments

  1. Angelic Hernandez says:

    Take action. Make a change!!!!!

  2. […] United States currently spends 10 cents to help prevent trafficking, protect victims and prosecute traffickers for every $32 that a human […]

  3. […] Last week I wrote about the small but effective amount the U.S. government spends on anti-trafficking programs. Today I thought I’d share some details. For starters, Congress has never fully funded the programs created under the TVPRA. In 2010 the U.S. government spent about $162.2 million domestically and internationally to combat modern-day slavery. That’s 68 cents per American taxpayer in 2010. 68 cents is not a lot of money. It will buy neither a cup of coffee nor an hour of parking nor even a box of crayons. But somehow, with my 68 cents and yours, the U.S. government provides services to trafficking survivors, prosecutes their traffickers, and prevents others from being enslaved, not just in the U.S. but around the world. Together, our funding goes a long way. […]

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