January is slavery, trafficking prevention month

Dec. 30, 2011 at 1:54 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama proclaimed January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, urging people to know what they can do to end modern slavery.

"During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we stand with all those who are held in compelled service," Obama said in the proclamation issued Friday. "[We] recognize the people, organizations, and government entities that are working to combat human trafficking; and we recommit to bringing an end to this inexcusable human rights abuse."

Human trafficking endangers the lives of millions of people worldwide and "knows no borders," Obama said.

He said his administration will continue to implement its strategy to combat human trafficking in the United States by working to protect the victims, prosecute the traffickers and prevent human rights abuses by raising public awareness and addressing "the root causes of modern slavery."

"The steadfast defense of human rights is an essential part of our national identity, and as long as individuals suffer the violence of slavery and human trafficking, we must continue the fight," Obama said.

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