For at least a decade now, the first month of the year has been dedicated to bringing awareness to the issues of modern slavery, human trafficking, and stalking.
On Monday, a virtual proclamation signing for the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month was held to once again bring these issues to light.
Human trafficking, modern-day slavery, and stalking occur globally.
Here on Guam, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero acknowledges in a virtual proclamation signing that these are huge, reoccurring issues that are currently happening on the island.
“It has been shown that wherever drugs exist or where there is prostitution and when foreign workers are used, human trafficking for sex or for labor can exist. What we are working on to discover is the extent to which that crime has permeated our community,” the governor said.
She added: “We know that situations like unstable living conditions or domestic violence or sexual abuse, poverty, and substance abuse are all contributing factors to human trafficking and we’re all working to try to prevent and try to stop those events in our island.”
Bureau of Women’s Affairs Director Jayne Flores says the Guam Human Trafficking Task Force is working to establish a coordinated approach to bring legal action to traffickers, identify gaps in certain services provided to victims of human trafficking, and provide training to service providers, regulatory officers, and law enforcement personnel in order to effectively combat this crime.