Schwarzenegger proclaims Human Trafficking Awareness Day

As published by Sina English

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) — Continuing his commitment to take action to help end human trafficking, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a proclamation on Monday, declaring January 11, 2010 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

“Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Victims are held against their will and are subjected to sexual exploitation, forced labor and a host of other deprivations of freedom and dignity,” said the governor.

“This is a most terrible crime, and it’s happening right now in countries across the world, including the United States.”

The governor called for vigilance which “is crucial to rescuing those held captive”, particularly women and children.

“Most victims have been abused, threatened and restrained to a point of being powerless to free themselves,” Schwarzenegger noted.

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