Creating Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention
About Human Trafficking
According to the California Legislature, human trafficking is defined as “all acts involved in the recruitment, abduction, transport, harboring, transfer, sale or receipt of persons, within national or across international borders, through force, coercion, fraud or deception, to place persons in situations of slavery or slavery-like conditions, forced labor or services, such as forced prostitution or sexual services, domestic servitude, bonded sweatshop labor, or other debt bondage.”
Human trafficking is a form of slavery. It robs individuals of their freedom, and it is a crime. The hidden nature of the crime makes it difficult to determine the extent of human trafficking, which affects millions of women, men, and children who are forced into labor and sex trafficking all over the world. Worldwide, including the United States, between 12 and 27 million people are victims of human trafficking victims according to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Showa Sahle’s Story
Once considered a crime that affected only poor third-world countries, such as Africa, Asia, South America, and Eastern Europe, human trafficking has entered our own back yard. In the United States, women, men, and children are at risk of being exploited for sex or labor every single year. In my hometown in East Africa, we have lost approximately 4,000 young girls and boys and their mothers, all between the ages of 6 months and 35, as they were traded or sold for labor or sex. Among those were three of my first cousins (2 boys and 1 girl) who were 17, 20, and 22 years old when they became victims of this barbaric crime. For them, and the millions of others whose lives are forever lost or altered due to these illegal acts, I have formed the Lambadina Foundation, a not-for-profit organization created to organize events and raise funds to promote the awareness and prevention of human trafficking in the United States and across the world.
The Lambadina Foundation
The Lambadina Foundation raises funds to support events designed to raise awareness and decrease the vulnerability of women, men, and children who are at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking. In addition, The Lambadina Foundation will focus on assisting those who have been human trafficking victims and help them receive necessary support and services. Above all, your donations will help us expose these crimes and those responsible for it, saving lives in the United States and across the world.