AWARE is a champion of all human rights. We believe that no matter where a person is from, what they do for a living, or who they love, they deserve the same rights and respect as all of their other fellow human beings. To that end, AWARE , like many other diverse organizations and individuals, is working to build global awareness around illegal human trafficking as we pursue a single goal of effective human rights advocacy and implementation.

Human trafficking is not only a human rights violation, but a serious crime. According to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers every year. Countries around the world are affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims.

Some people may ask themselves, “what is human trafficking?” Human trafficking is defined as:

Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs

AWARE is committed to raising awareness around the illegal trade of people and to supporting international efforts to stop this practice.