Human trafficking is more common than we realize.
Human trafficking is in fact modern day slavery. Researchers have found that there are more human slaves in the world today than ever before in history. There are an estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children around the world who are victims of human trafficking. Take a few minutes to learn more about what human trafficking is and how to help the victims.
Who are the victims of human trafficking?
It is usually women and children who are forced into:
- Prostitution and other sex acts
- Slavery or involuntary servitude
- Debt bondage
The U.S. government allows special protections and benefits for victims of human trafficking and there are organizations in New York that can help victims access this free help.
If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, please call the Safe Horizon Anti-Trafficking Program at 718.943.8631 (Monday – Friday, 9-5). After hours, call Safe Horizon‘s 24-hour toll-free Hotline at 800-621-HOPE (4673). The hotline is equipped to respond to inquiries in many languages and has TTY capability.
LawHelp New York also has a whole section devoted to information and help for victims of human trafficking in New York State. Click here to visit LawHelp/NY’s page on human trafficking.
The best weapon and defense against human trafficking is to speak up and get help from an organizations in your area.