Every year, on October 7, we celebrate National Inner Beauty Day to raise awareness and offer support for the victims of human trafficking. The observance is about looking beyond the conventional definitions of beauty to find what really counts. Each person’s definition of beauty is unique and grounded in their life’s journey. Inner Beauty Day is about embracing those core values and celebrating our inner beauty.
History of National Inner Beauty Day
There are millions of victims of human trafficking across the globe. Many are caught in the traps of their captors with no way to get out. Those who manage to escape often become insecure and eventually fall into depression. Inner Beauty Day is dedicated to the struggle faced by the victims and how we can fight human trafficking together.
National Inner Beauty Day was founded to highlight the amazing core values that define the human race — the often overlooked inner beauty. Organizations and individuals around the world unite to shed light on this crucial topic. The observance aims to inspire people all over the world to join the movement and show their inner beauty.
A vital keynote of the celebration is the Inner Beauty Challenge, which was introduced in 2017/2018. The #InnerBeauty Challenge encourages everyone to upload short videos or photos of themselves with a description of their perceived inner beauty. The challenge is a means of restating the public stance against human trafficking.
The effects of the holiday are far-reaching. Social conditioning has instilled the idea that you need to look a certain way to be considered beautiful. Inner Beauty Day negates that fact and emphasizes the importance of spreading positivity.
Your inner beauty is what makes you unique, and that is what we are celebrating today. We are all beautiful in our own ways and, by acknowledging that, we can inspire people struggling with their identity to do the same. National Inner Beauty Day is the perfect chance to let that hidden version of yourself out into the world and teach it gently how to breathe.
National Inner Beauty Day timeline
IOM (International Organization for Migration) is founded as an intergovernmental organization to provide advice and other services regarding migration to refugees, internally displaced persons, migrant workers, and governments.
The Trafficking Protocol is issued as the first legally binding instrument on human trafficking.
Records from the International Labor Organization (ILO) reveal that an estimated 21 million people are victims of modern-day slavery.
The #InnerBeauty Challenge is introduced to mark National Inner Beauty Day.
National Inner Beauty Day FAQs
How can you help trafficking victims?
If you live in the U.S. and think someone may be a human trafficking victim, contact the National Human Traffic Hotline on 1-888-373-7888. You can also call 911 and report the case to law enforcement.
How to tell when a child is being trafficked?
Some of the signs that might indicate that a child may be a victim of trafficking include:
- Marks of physical abuse
- Reluctance to engage in eye contact or social interaction, especially with law enforcement or other authority figures
- Using seemingly scripted/rehearsed speech
How do traffickers get victims?
Traffickers use different methods to track their victims. Abduction and psychological manipulation are two of the more popular tactics.
How to Observe National Inner Beauty Day
Send a donation to your local anti-human trafficking charity to show your support. You can even make inquiries to see if you can undertake volunteer work.
Join the #Inner Beauty challenge
Take a photo of yourself with a sign boldly proclaiming your inner beauty. Share on social media and on the official Facebook page of National Inner Beauty Day.
Research and educate others
More people are falling victim to human traffickers because of a lack of information. Research the causes and do your part to educate others on how to avoid the nightmare or cope with its effects.
5 Facts About Human Trafficking That Will Blow Your Mind
In 2014, the ILO estimated that a staggering $150 billion was made in annual profit from forced labor.
Behind the scenes
A meager 0.04% of human tracking survivors are identified; which means the majority of these cases are never discovered
Over 71% of human trafficking victims are women and girls, with men and boys accounting for 29%.
In 2018, 51.6% of the active human trafficking cases in the United States were sex-related and involved only children.
Across the border
Over 50,000 people are victims of human trafficking in the U.S., most of them from the Philippines and Mexico.
Why National Inner Beauty Day is Important
It creates awareness of human trafficking
National Inner Beauty Day helps spread the word and educate people on the dangers of human trafficking. Organizations across the globe use this observance to provide support for victims and make their voices heard.
It teaches us tolerance
This observance helps us become more tolerant as we recognize the struggle of human trafficking survivors. It reveals the wide-reaching effects of issues like forced labor, sexual exploitation, and slavery.
It sparks conversations on difficult issues
Inner Beauty Day helps start a conversation concerning critical issues such as sexual exploitation, slavery, and forced labor. It is only when we begin to talk and face these issues that we can truly fight them.
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