Tanya Johnson Attends the Mosaic Gala Against Human Slavery in New York
On September 10th, Tanya Johnson attended the Mosaic Gala Against Human Slavery in New York, NY. The event was hosted by the Mosaic Federation (Human Slavery), a non-profit in the U.K. and 501(c)3 in the U.S. with an affiliate in Greece that’s raising awareness for human trafficking, a cause that’s near to Tanya Johnson’s heart. Far too many people all over the world, including women and children, are forced into slavery every day. Tanya Johnson is proud to support the Mosaic Federation and their campaign to end human slavery all over the world.
Raising Awareness for Victims of Human Trafficking
Human trafficking, also known as human slavery, refers to the illegal abduction and trade of individuals for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation. There are anywhere between 21 million to 45 million people trapped in some form of slavery today. Tracking the number of victims of human trafficking can be difficult, as the vast number of cases go unreported or undetected. This issue effects every country in the world, including the U.S. Estimates suggest that about 50,000 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year, most often from Mexico and the Philippines.
The business of human trafficking has become a multibillion-dollar industry. Human trafficking earns around $150 billion a year for traffickers, $99 billion of which comes from commercial sexual exploitation. Across the globe, women and girls account for around 71% of enslaved people, while men and boys account for 29%.
The Fight to End Human Trafficking
To curb human trafficking, the Mosaic Federation is raising awareness for victims all over the world with events like the Mosaic Gala Against Human Slavery. The organization also partnered with CNN and filmmakers all over the world who created 1-minute films about human slavery in their own countries. Artists and students from around the globe are free to submit. The organization chooses the finalists of the competition every year and highlights the winners on their website – https://www.humanslavery.com/.
The organization is also using artificial intelligence to curb human trafficking. With the support of law enforcement experts and groups all over the world, the organization wants to use big data and data analytics to predict future human trafficking crimes. A geospatial software tool known as Artemis allows users to identify human trafficking hotspots that have a reputation for harboring criminals and their victims. Victims of human trafficking can also use this technology to find where they where held hostage on the map using satellite imagery.
The founder of the organization, Tony Schiena, is Senior Advisor to The National White Collar Crime Center and a long-time member and advisor to ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) federal task force. He regularly speaks about human trafficking to law enforcement agencies around the world, including the CIA. Through the Mosaic Federation, Shiena provides training and support to law enforcement personnel all over the world, such as securing the internet from sex traffickers and predators, assisting the Safe Surfing Foundation and the “Cop in a box” initiative that gives smaller law enforcement offices the ability to track predators and human traffickers on the internet, and giving qualifying agencies the funding and equipment they need to halt the flow of human trafficking.
How to Get Involved
Tanya Johnson is a close friend of Tony Schiena. They are united by their passion to end human trafficking and help victims in need. Both the Manzanita Foundation and the Mosaic Federation are designed to limit human trafficking around the world by helping survivors, educating local communities, and supporting initiatives to bring perpetrators to justice.
Those interested in getting involved in the fight against human trafficking can donate to the Manzanita Foundation or the Mosaic Federation.