Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888, the National Human Trafficking Hotline is available to answer calls free from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
In an emergency, please call 911
Human Trafficking Awareness
Every year, millions of women, children and men are bought and sold in countries around the world, including the United States, and human trafficking generates around 150 billion dollars of profit per year. Human trafficking is an international crisis.
Awareness can bring the darkness of human trafficking out into the light for all to see. The human trafficking crisis cannot be eliminated without people individually taking action to slow the growth of the trafficking industry. One person’s actions can make a significant difference in the fight against human trafficking. In the next topic, you will see exactly how you, as just one person, can contribute to stopping the trafficking of human beings for profit.
Human trafficking is happening right in our communities. Knowing human trafficking indicators and recognizing red flags in a situation are key steps in identifying more victims, helping victims find assistance, and preventing others from being victimized. Just by understanding the signs, you could potentially save someone from victimization. In the next section you will continue the journey by visiting some common places used to traffic victims and learning how to spot red flags.
How can I help fight Human Trafficking?
Anyone can join the fight against human trafficking. You got a head start by taking this awareness training and learning the indicators of human trafficking so you can help identify a potential trafficking victim. The following are some other small but effective ways you can help:
Be a conscientious and informed consumer. Discover your slavery footprint, ask who picked your tomatoes or made your clothes, or check out the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Encourage companies to take steps to investigate and prevent human trafficking in their supply chains and publish the information, including supplier or factory lists, for consumer awareness.
Volunteer and support anti-trafficking efforts in your community.
Meet with and/or write to your local, state, and federal government representatives to let them know you care about combating human trafficking, and ask what they are doing to address it.
Organize a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to an anti-trafficking organization.
Encourage your local schools to partner with students and include modern slavery in their curricula. As a parent, educator, or school administrator, be aware of how traffickers target school-aged children.
Work with a local religious community or congregation to help stop trafficking by supporting a victim service provider or spreading awareness of human trafficking.