It is estimated that one million people – mostly women and children – are trafficked around the world each year, lured into involuntary servitude and sexual slavery. This gross and unjust socio-economic exploitation of vulnerable persons is one of the many consequences of the lack of adherence to the rule of law.
LexisNexis is committed to combating human trafficking by offering direct financial support, along with legal and technical guidance to organizations working towards the same aim.
Two organizations we sponsor are the Somaly Mam Foundation and the Agir Pour les Femmes en Situation Précaire (AFESIP), or Acting for Women in Distressing Situations. The Somaly Mam Foundation contributes largely to the fight against sexual slavery by funding AFESIP and other NGOs working to rescue victims from brothels – offering them shelter, safety, counseling, education, vocational skills and guidance in their transition back to society.
In addition, LexisNexis sponsors events aimed at raising awareness on the rampant existence of human trafficking worldwide. In October 2007 on the eve of the IBA’s International Annual Conference in Singapore, for example, LexisNexis hosted a dinner for top Southeast Asian policy professionals to discuss rule of law and its role in the region’s economic development. Our keynote speaker at this event was Somaly Mam, a survivor of the trafficking trade herself and one of the most prolific activists fighting sexual slavery today.
Raising global awareness may well have an effect on trafficking industry demands and encourage further pro bono efforts to help end human trafficking.