Last week Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced a $500,000 commitment to non-profit organizations dedicated to ending human trafficking over a three-year grant period through 2021. Their contribution will help fund education and programming to raise awareness of and stop human trafficking as well as providing extended support for survivors. In addition to their monetary donation, MLB and the MLBPA will continue their efforts to educate fans on the warning signs of human trafficking through in-ballpark communications and during MLB jewel events.
MLB and MLBPA’s initiative represents their ongoing commitment to causes that support vulnerable populations, including disaster relief and recovery financial assistance. Populations stricken by homelessness are particularly vulnerable to and most targeted for human trafficking. In 2016, reports indicated that there were over 40 million human trafficking victims worldwide, with 81% trapped in forced labor.
According to Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred. Jr., MLB is proud to use professional baseball’s global platform to raise much-needed awareness on such a serious, worldwide issue as they strive towards disrupting human trafficking patterns and putting an end to the human rights abuse.
Why We Like It:
The International Labor Organization estimated that forced labor through human trafficking is a $150 billion industry. Because of the covertness of the crime, accurate numbers of how many victims are suffering at the hands of this form of modern-day slavery are difficult to obtain. The world has much to do when it comes to eradicating this worldwide abuse. MLB and MLBPA’s efforts in combating human trafficking are necessary. Raising awareness on the warning signs of human trafficking increases the amount of chances that a victim has at being saved. The league and its players association are using their global platform well to slowly but surely induct positive social change.
How It Can Be Improved:
MLB and MLBPA can start a social media campaign to raise even more awareness on their cause against human trafficking. Teams and players can post tweets, pictures and videos to grab the attention of their own fanbases to make the grave issue more top-of-mind to eventually inspire action. More personal messages that transcend in-ballpark communications and MLB jewel events can encourage more urgency on the matter for more potential change.
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