January 9, 2020
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. According to the International Labor Organization, there are approximately 40 million human trafficking victims worldwide. Through a variety of tactics including violence and threats, traffickers force their victims into forced labor or commercial sex against their wishes. While it seems victims would be the poor, weak or a minority, every gender, race, religion and social-economic background can be impacted by human trafficking. As a result, the issue belongs to every community in the country.
Despite the bleak picture human trafficking paints, there are ways to take action. Across the nation, law enforcement and organizations strive to eliminate human trafficking. Join the effort to raise awareness and prevent human trafficking in your community.
Learn how human trafficking is happening. Visit www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign to inform yourself about what human trafficking looks like.
If you suspect human trafficking report it. In the U.S. call 1-866-347-2423. For more information visit www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign. You can also volunteer through organizations committed to eliminating human trafficking. Contact local, state and regional service organizations to volunteer time, services or a donation.
If you need help, call 1-888-373-7888. Visit www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign