The National Human trafficking Hotline calculates their statistics based on the information they collect from phone calls, emails and online tips reported to their hotline. In 2016 they reported a total of 5,551 cases of sex trafficking. Also reported were 1,057 cases of labor trafficking, 696 cases of human trafficking that was not identified, and 268 cases of sex and labor trafficking. We could go on but I don’t want you to lose the contents of your stomach! If we were to ask you where you think this travesty has occurred, what would your answer be? Are you ready for the answer …..
California had the highest reported trafficking cases at 1,323 in 2016, and Vermont had the lowest reported trafficking cases at 5 reported cases. And every other state in the United States falls somewhere in between. Yes, every state in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave is facing a trafficking problem! If you take anything away from reading this information, know that sex trafficking is in every state and is taking place right in our backyards.
Many people are under the misconception that this only happens to the destitute people living in the streets or the so-called “working girls,” but that is just not true. Today’s tech savvy predators do not care what their victim’s background is. The internet offers predators a certain level of anonymity; that coupled with the unwitting victims who usually do not know any better until it is too late … our teenagers and young adults, make it much easier to find victims. Way to scary living in today’s world and especially if we are raising children.
You may be wondering how this is possible? A great number of sex trafficking that occurs in the U.S. is accomplished by traveling the I-20 and I-40 corridors. Interstate 20 is 1,513 miles of highway that travels halfway across the U.S. from West Texas to South Carolina; and Interstate 40 runs through the south-central part of the U.S. The traffickers use the interstate corridors to transport their victims from one state to another and have also made them hunting grounds for new potential victims. And their not particular with their victims, they can be boys, girls, women, men, its all the same to them. So what can we do to stop this craziness …
The National Human Trafficking Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to receive calls from anywhere in the United States. The hotline has operators that can speak over 200 languages. They can be contacted:
Toll-free at 888-373-7888, TTY 711. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you know of a situation or potential situation, you can place a tip online at …
http://www.humantraffickinghotline.org/ and fill out their online tip reporting form. The information you provide will be reviewed by the National Hotline and forwarded to specialized law enforcement and/or service providers where appropriate. You can be anonymous.
This horror cannot continue. Every human being deserves a life free from fear, abuse, slavery, and rape. Please visit the National Human Trafficking Hotline website today to learn more about what is happening right underneath our noses. There are many ways to help or get involved that don’t necessarily mean you reaching into your pocket. Learn about what victims experience, how they were rescued, and the amount of help victims need to get back into the resemblance of a normal life.