Human trafficking is one the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Annually, the money illegally acquired through human trafficking is estimated to be more than $35 billion, which equals the profits earned by Starbucks, Google and Nike combined.
Victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 and 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 do labor against their will.
This illegal multimillion dollar industry has largely been hidden in the shadows, but human trafficking cased have been reported in all 50 states in the US. My beloved Ohio has ranked as high as fifth among all states in the total reported cases - with Toledo being identified as the fourth highest ranking city in the nation for recruiting victims into illegal trade.
Everyone has a role in ending human trafficking. To report a tip in the US, connect with anti-trafficking services in your area or for information about anti trafficking resources; call the National Hotline at 1-888-3737-7888. It’s toll free, confidential and available 24 hours a day.
To learn about the warning signs of human trafficking visit. www.polarisproject.org
National Human Trafficking Resource Center