We each take time from our busy lives and look to help create change, help create a difference in the world. One place we very passionate about changing is the modern- day slavery.
It is estimated that 27 MILLION women, men & children are trafficked at any given time. It is time we all began to do something–whether it is creating awareness or donating time or money. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of “labor or services,” such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will.
Two groups that we are currently supporting are Compassion First, right here in Portland, OR, and Shared Hope International from Vancouver, WA. Both groups are focused on international aid as well as local–striving to change the laws, prosecute the buyers and pimps, and provide recovery for the survivors.
Report Spotlights Human Trafficking Trends in the U.S.
Pimp-controlled sex trafficking, domestic servitude are most frequently reported forms of
sex and labor trafficking to NHTRC hotline
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 21, 2013) – The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline received reports of 9,298 unique cases of human trafficking across the United States in its first five years of operation, Polaris Project announced in a new report today. The report, Human Trafficking Trends in the United States, includes one of the most extensive sources of human trafficking data in the country. From December 7, 2007 to December 31, 2012, cases of human trafficking were reported in all 50 states and D.C. More than 42% of sex trafficking cases referencedpimp-controlled prostitution, and more than 27% of labor trafficking cases referenced domestic work. The statistics from the report are based solely on the more than 72,000 interactions made to the NHTRC through phone calls, emails, and online tip reports, indicating that the full scope of the problem in the United States is significantly larger.
Download the full report and an infographic at Polaris Projects