There are many ways to help prevent human trafficking and spread awareness.
***DO NOT GET INVOLVED WITHOUT THE APPROPRIATE ASSISTANCE***
You should NEVER get involved by yourself for several reasons.
1)Your safety, as well as those around you.
- Traffickers beat and abuse their victims. They also threaten them by using their families as means for control. This is evidence they will stop at nothing to “protect their investments”. You’re involvement could cause violence against you, and possibly those innocent around you.
2)You are endangering the lives of the victims.
- If a trafficker realizes you have caught them, they may re-locate. Traffickers are smart. They have the ability to move the victims overnight if possible, leaving few clues to their new location.
3)Law enforcement may be monitoring them, and you are unaware. If the victims are re-located unexpectantly, officials will have very little chance of finding their new location.
Contact someone who is trustworthy.
Examples are: Police, Church officials.
Examples NOT to contact: Your neighbors and friends.
If you think you know a victim of human trafficking, please call the toll-free Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888.
For more information on human trafficking, please visit The Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking website atwww.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/.
The U.S. Department of State publishes a Trafficking in Persons report yearly, which can be accessed at www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/.
Trafficking is a serious and violent business. Be cautious in any actions you take. The violence is real, and can happen to anyone.