As a member of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Bergen County section of the National Council of Jewish Women endorses the importance of Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11. The group is working with the Coalition to raise community awareness and it is asking local rabbis and mayors to address the issue.
This is not the first time NCJW BCS has joined the fight against human trafficking. In 2013, just months before the Super Bowl was held in New Jersey, NCJW held a forum, “Human Trafficking — Modern Day Slavery.” As a result of the push, human trafficking became more widely acknowledged, and efforts were put into place to prevent trafficking at the game.
Human trafficking continues to exist on a large scale. The trafficking industry generates about $35 billion in annual profits, and it is estimated that 244,000 American children are at risk of sexual exploitation. The many shopping malls in Bergen County are considered prime hunting grounds for traffickers.
For information, go to the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking’s website, www.njhumantrafficking.org, or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline, (888) 373-7888. For information on NCJW BCS and its upcoming programs, go to www.ncjwbcs.org.