I recently attended a disturbing presentation on human trafficking in the United States. Disturbing isn’t the best word here because it’s way too mild. I’d already been hearing some of the statistics, so I wasn’t completely shocked—but what I felt was sick and sad…for the victims and because of the evil in our world.
I knew what I was walking into. Before I left, my husband asked me why I was going when I knew it would upset me. I said I had to go—I didn’t want to go, and at the same time I knew I couldn’t not go. That’s the best I could explain it.
We hear so much about human trafficking in other countries, but friends, it is here too—where we live, where we raise our children, and where we value our freedom.
In this post today, I want to share a little of what I learned—not to upset you, but to bring the same awareness I needed. (Click on the links for more information.)
- Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. More people are enslaved in the United States today than any other time in history. Victims can be male, female, minors, or adults. Female minors are most often primary targets for exploitation and trafficking.
- Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 states of the U.S.
- Worldwide, human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries. (The drug trade is still first.)
- The National Human Trafficking Resource Center is a national toll-free hotline, available to answer calls and texts from anywhere in the country 24/7, every day of the year.
The hotline is operated by Polaris Project (www.polarisproject.org), a non-profit, non-governmental organization working exclusively on the issue of human trafficking. (Click on the link to find so much more information.)
or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733) to report a tip, connect with anti-trafficking services in your area, or request training assistance, general information, or specific anti-trafficking resources.
What we can do:
- Pray for the victims, the police, task forces, and all who are trained to rescue the victims and apprehend the traffickers. And even…for the traffickers—that they might come to know God. Our God is the God of miracles, and we need miracles to stop this evil.
Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people. Psalm 82:4 NLT
- If you see something that does not look right, say something! Call the police. (Don’t worry about being wrong.)
- Do not approach or attempt to intervene. Call for help.
- After calling 911, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888.
- Report what you see, not what you think is happening.
- Find out where your state stands on human trafficking laws. Contact your legislatures to support efforts to end human trafficking in your state.
For more information, visit Polaris Project. For state specific information and resources, visit the State Map page at Polaris Project, and click on your state.
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