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Effective November 17, 2016

We are excited to announce that the National Human Trafficking Resource Center is changing its name. Starting today, we will become the National Human Trafficking Hotline. We are updating our website, email address, and outreach materials to reflect this new change. The phone number - 1-888-373-7888 - will stay the same.

 

While our name is changing, the National Human Trafficking Hotline will still serve as the same confidential, multilingual hotline that provides survivors of human trafficking with vital support and a variety of options to get help and stay safe. We will also continue to be a source of actionable tips for law enforcement and expertise for the anti-trafficking community. 

 

We welcome our newest partner, the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC), who will serve as the primary source of training and technical assistance from a public health perspective for the anti-trafficking field.

 

For almost ten years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made it possible for the National Human Trafficking Hotline to become a nerve center that unites local efforts into a national movement that helps survivors restore their freedom and works towards eradicating human trafficking. With your help, Hotline staff have answered more than 100,000 calls, identified more than 30,000 cases of human trafficking across the United States, and provided more than 8,000 tips to federal, state and local law enforcement.

Raising Awareness Of Human Trafficking & What We Can Do

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is on January 11. It is very difficult for us to believe that such horrific travesties still exist in our world today, and yet the incredibly sad truth is that many are still living lives of slavery and bondage without simple freedoms and liberties.

 

We tend to think that this is happening someplace far away from where we live, but we cannot escape the fact that it is happening in every corner of the world. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), “Human trafficking affects every country of the world, as countries of origin, transit or destination—or even a combination of all.”

 

To be really clear, human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery.

 

Those vulnerable to human trafficking span multiple areas, such as age, socio-economic status, nationality, education-level, and gender. Traffickers often prey on people hoping for a better life, lacking employment opportunities, having an unstable home life, or with a history of sexual abuse—conditions present in all spheres of society. Human trafficking victims are found in cities, suburbs, and rural areas in all 50 states and in Washington, DC. The most vulnerable populations include undocumented immigrants; runaway and homeless youth; victims of trauma and abuse; refugees and individuals fleeing conflict; and oppressed, marginalized, and impoverished groups and individuals.

 

We can join the efforts of anti-trafficking organizations, as well as educate ourselves on good business practices, so that we are not inadvertently purchasing goods that were created by forced labor.  We can keep our eyes and ears open, so that if we suspect someone is being coerced into something he or she does not want to do, we can report it to the proper authorities.

 

                           For more information visit                        For help in the United States, go to

                  www.traffickingresourcecenter.org/get-help       www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/

 

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN OREGON

www.traffickingresourcecenter.org/state/oregon

 

GET HELP

1-888-373-7888

Human Trafficking

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1.888.373.7888

SIA launched the Soroptimists STOP Trafficking Program on January 11, 2008, the first-ever National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness.
Each year an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 women and children are trafficked across international borders for the purposes of sexual exploitation or prostitution. Emerging as the human rights issue of our time, sexual trafficking in women and girls has been called a modern-day slavery. Our I-5 corridor is a haven for transporting young girls to California for trafficking purposes. They are driven right through our communities. Believe it or not, it is happening as we speak. White papers on sexual trafficking.

Each year an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 women and children are trafficked across international borders for the purposes of sexual exploitation or prostitution. Emerging as the human rights issue of our time, sexual trafficking in women and girls has been called a modern-day slavery, and rightly so. They are lured or tricked into another state or country with the promise of a job as a waitress, nanny or even one of marriage. Instead she finds misery. As soon as she arrives, those who have tricked her under the premise of a new life confiscate her passport.  She is thrown into a squalid room with other women. And she is forced to meet a daily sexual quota of men, or be tortured and possibly killed.  As one woman who was traffi  cked asked: Can people really buy and sell women and get away with it?The answer to that question is a sad yes.