Although January is designated as Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we want to continue to raise awareness throughout the year. According to the NSRVC, Victims of Human Trafficking:
There is no “one size fits all” for what a victim of human trafficking looks like. People who are trafficked are children, teenagers, and adults of all genders. They come from cities, suburbs, or rural areas. However, many people are deliberately preyed upon based on their vulnerabilities, and those who are most disadvantaged in our society are often the most common targets. Traffickers use the vulnerabilities of their victims to deceive them by “promising” things the victim may be longing for, such as making up false economic opportunities or providing false emotional support.
Know the signs:
• Lack of voice; having someone else speak for them; physically or emotionally controlled
• Losing control of their own identification documents
• Having very few or no personal possessions
• Being unable to leave their home or workplace
• Lack of awareness to date, time, location
• Having bruises, broken bones, burns, and/or scars
• Feeling helpless, shameful, guilty, or humiliated
• Being isolated from friends and family members
• Seeming emotionally numb or detached
While human trafficking may seem like a problem too large to solve, there are steps we can all take to start making a change. LSP remains dedicated in raising awareness of Human Trafficking and encourages others to join our efforts.
For additional information and to report trafficking, we encourage you contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; by visiting www.humantraffickinghotline.org; by calling 1-888-373-7888 or texting 233733