Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Designating January 2016
“Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month”
WHEREAS, this month is dedicated to raising awareness about sexual slavery and human trafficking worldwide; human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against his/her will; and
WHEREAS, there are 21-30 million people in slavery today; this is more than at any time in human history; and
WHEREAS, every year, human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people in the United States and around the world; and
WHEREAS, despite growing awareness about this crime, human trafficking continues to go unreported due to its covert nature, misconceptions about its definition, and lack of awareness about its indicators; and
WHEREAS, the City of Baltimore joins the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force and the Araminta Freedom Initiative in their dedication to awaken, equip, and mobilize our community to dismantle slavery and sex trafficking in the Baltimore region.
THEREFORE, I, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of the City of Baltimore, do hereby proclaim January 2016, as “Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month” in Baltimore, and do urge all citizens to join in this observance.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set the Great Seal of the City of Baltimore to be affixed this eleventh day of January, two thousand sixteen.