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Each year, more than two million women and children are victimized from sexual trafficking. Legislation pending in Congress would define "sex trafficking" as the purchase, sale, recruitment, harboring, transportation, transfer, or receipt of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act.
Efforts to combat trafficking require new approaches to crime, poverty, migration, labor, mental health, and law enforcement. Moreover, anti-trafficking policy must be directed at countries of origin, transit, and destination to be effective.
Maimonides, one of the greatest rabbinic voices of our tradition, spoke on the utter importance of helping and freeing those enslaved in a lifestyle that is beyond their control.
Human rights are in peril around the world and here in our own back yard. December 12-13 marks the anniversary of the United Nations’ passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Join Jewish groups in bringing light to these issues by holding a Human Rights Shabbat on that weekend or any other weekend of your choosing.

For More Information

To learn more, contact RAC Legislative Assistant Benny Witkovsky, or visit the following websites:

  • RAC Foreign Policy Issue Page
  • Free The Slaves
    This website features information on how to become active on this issue, an interactive map of slavery and success stories of emancipation and creating change.
  • ECPAT International
    This organization is "a global network to protect children against commercial sexual exploitation."
  • Children's Rights Information Network
    This is a global network of more than 1,000 child rights organizations that are sharing their experiences of information on children's rights.
  • The Protection Project
    This is a project of the School of Advanced International Service of Johns Hopkins University, whose purpose is to gather and disseminate information regarding national and international protecting women and children from commercial sexual exploitation.

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