The A21 Campaign

Human trafficking is defined as “the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation”. In other terms it can be described as a modern day form of slavery. Twenty-seven million people are estimated to be trapped in this bondage. Only 1-2% of victims are ever rescued. Many organizations and movements exist to raise awareness and bring an end to this injustice. The A21 Campaign stands for Abolishing Injustice in the 21st century. It’s founder, Christine Caine, has had some first-hand experience with the horrors this industry inflicts. Abandoned as a child, labeled only by a number, Christine grew up to develop a passion for those who seemed as though they had lost hope; she had a passion to give them hope. Christine along with other passionate abolitionist founded A21 in 2007 and their first shelter for trafficked survivors was opened in Thessaloniki, Greece a year later. That one home has grown now to eleven locations in 10 different countries. A21’s strategy model is Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnership. They aim to educate individuals on the danger of being trafficked and the traps traffickers set. Many people are oblivious to the fact that human trafficking occurs so it becomes easy for traffickers to seize victims. Another thing that makes traffickers more dangerous is that people don’t think it happens close to us. In reality the Atlanta International Airport is one of the biggest hubs where victims are seized. Statistically it is presumed that a person is taken captive every thirty seconds. By making these statistics and facts known, A21’s goal is to prevent people from being tricked or taken in the first place. A21 protects the survivors who escape or are saved and they do everything in their power to prosecute those who traffic and take advantage of these men, women, and children. In order to do all of these things A21 partners with local governments in order to make a presence and a difference.

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