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January- A​war​eness Month of National Human Trafficking

Get the Facts:


January 11 has become the designated date by the United States Senate in 2007 to acknowledge and raise awareness of Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking is defined using a variety of tactics to coerce victims into forced labor, commercial sexual exploitation against their wishes through violence, threats and even fraud. While the prospects for Trafficking may seem stereotyped, where victims are poor, weak or a minority, the real victims sprout from every race, gender, religion and social-economic background. This can happen to ANYONE, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME! The main prospects for human trafficking are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. According to the International Labor Organization, there are approximately 40 million human trafficking victims worldwide.

Why are victims of Human Trafficking not seeking help for themselves? The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings. Other factors to incorporate the setback of attaining help could be language barriers, fear of their traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement frequently keep victims from seeking help, making human trafficking a hidden crime.


So how can we help? How can bystanders recognize something is wrong and help? Do not at any time attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to your suspicions. By identifying victims and reporting tips, you are doing your part to help law enforcement rescue victims, and you might save a life.

The following are great resources to call to help with Human Trafficking incidents: Call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (1-866-347-2423) to report suspicious criminal activity to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tip Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.


National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH), call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).

Wear Blue – Support and bring awareness to National Human Trafficking Month! ... Post by Cassidy Stone

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