In 2011 numerous events happened in the fight against human trafficking. Everything from China arresting 600 suspects in a human trafficking ring to 522 slaves rescued in India. Here is a timeline of events that have shaped the fight of human trafficking in the year end review.
On January 2, Sara Kruzan was granted clemency in California. Ms. Kruzan went to jail in 1994 for killing her trafficker. At the time there was no trafficking legislature that could protect the victim. Several anti-trafficking organizations starting petitions asking for her to be granted clemency. She will be freed after 25 years in prison, currently she has served 16.
On February 1, videos were released exposing planned parenthood staff advicing actors posing as sex traffickers. The actors were from pro-life organization Live Action. One manager adviced the trafficker on how to go around the law to insure abortions for under-age girls. Sparking debate on Planned Parenthoods involvement in aiding criminals.
In March, CNN launched a new project CNN Freedom Project bringing to light modern day slavery and the fight against human trafficking globally.
On July 25, over 1000 people were arrested in Juarez, Mexico for alleged sex trafficking. During the arrest several under-age girls were freed from sex slavery. The arrest was part of a new collaboration with the Amber Alert established in the United States.
On September 20, International Justice Mission helped free 522 slaves from a brick kiln factory in India. Finding housing and establishing justice for 134 families that were freed from forced labor.
On September 29, seven million signatures were presented to the United Nations from Bath and Body Works social justice campaign. The petition ask for a stronger stance on human trafficking around the World. This was the largest campaign in the companies history of social justice.
On October 14, President Obama sent 100 troops to aid Central Africa in the war with Joseph Kony leader of the LRA. This is the first time troops had been sent to assist in ending the 25 year war. This year alone there have been over 500 people abducted by the LRA.
On December 1, the first Government oversight hearing met to evaluate why the US Catholic Bishop Charities was denied grant funding for there service’s to victims of human trafficking.
On December 7, China arrested 600 suspects from organized human trafficking ring and freed 128 children. This is part of a crack down on human trafficking that began in 2010.
On December 14, Google announced that three organizations would receive 11.5 million to help fund new initiatives to end slavery. Polaris Project, International Justice Mission and Slavery Footprint will be the main recipients for the funding.