As the first month of the year says its goodbyes its importance and awareness does not have to. January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month which is a subject that needs to be at the forefront of our minds until it is eradicated. Trafficking is defined, by United Nations Protocol as: the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons using threat, force, or coercion for the purpose of exploitation. This happens to men, women, and children world wide and is happening more than one thinks. It is estimated that right now 25 million people are suffering from slavery and human trafficking and the United States is not immune to this epidemic. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children president estimates 100,000 to 300,000 children are exploited in America alone by the sex trafficking industry each year. Freedom is a natural born right, we all deserve it. Don’t let a new month stop you from thinking about, advocating for, and helping to stop slavery and human trafficking. Do what you can, use your freedom and voice for those who have had it taken away from them.