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How can you help with Human Trafficking?

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January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. It’s sad but true: here in this country, here in this state, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves.

They are trapped in lives of misery—often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take grueling jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay.

The FBI and law enforcement agencies are working hard to stop human trafficking—not only because of the personal and psychological toll it takes on society, but also because it facilitates the illegal movement of immigrants across borders and provides a ready source of income for organized crime groups and even terrorists.

What Is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will.

National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) Data Breakdown  Indiana State Report  1/1/2014 – 12/31/2014

The following information is based on incoming signals (contacts) made to the NHTRC from January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 from individuals in Indiana about human trafficking cases and issues related to human trafficking.

In 2014, the NHTRC received a total of 24,062 signals nationwide. 186 Phone Calls - 16 Emails - 11 Online Tip Reports

*This map only reflects cases in which the location of the potential trafficking was known. Some cases may involve more than one location and are not reflected in this map.Important Note: The data displayed in this report was generated based on information communicated to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline via phone, email, and online tip report. The NHTRC cannot verify the accuracy of the information reported. This is not a comprehensive report on the scale or scope of human trafficking within the state. These statistics may be subject to change as new information emerges.

How can you help? Get Help for yourself or someone you suspect is involved. Report a Tip and let the authorities get involved. Request Services for someone or yourself. Call 1-888-373-7888, visit, or email

Indicators of Human Trafficking

Recognizing key indicators of human trafficking is the first step in identifying victims and can help save a life. Here are some common indicators to help recognize human trafficking:

  • Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends, community organizations, or houses of worship?
  • Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
  • Is a juvenile engaged in commercial sex acts?
  • Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
  • Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing?
  • Is the person fearful, timid, or submissive?
  • Does the person appear malnourished, sleepy or in need of medical care?
  • Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, e.g., where they go or who they talk to?
  • Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
  • Does the person lack personal possessions or always wear the same clothes regardless of the weather or circumstances?
  • Does the person not have freedom of movement or not have identification documents?
  • Can the person freely leave where they live? Are there unreasonable security measures?  Are they accompanied by someone who seems to control their every movement? Do they work excessively long hours?

Not all indicators listed above are present in every human trafficking situation, and the presence or absence of any of the indicators is not necessarily proof of human trafficking.

Facts about Human Trafficking Awareness

  • There are 21-30 million people in slavery today.  This is more than at any time in human history.  (Source:
  • According to UNICEF, 2 million children are estimated to be trafficking victims each year.
  • The average age of a girl being forced into the US domestic slavery market is 13.
  • The average cost of a slave around the world is $90.
  • Human Trafficking is a $150 Billion industry annually for organized crime.
  • Human Trafficking is tied as the second fastest growing criminal industry in the world.
  • Each year over 2 Million women and children are sold into slavery and within the U.S. over 300,000 annually.
  • Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, second only to the Drug Trade.
  • Human Trafficking is more lucrative than the illegal arms trade.
  • One victim is trafficked across international borders every minute.
  • In the D.C. Metropolitan area specifically, it is a $100 Million business each year.
  • It only takes a few seconds to kidnap a child – but years to prosecute the trafficker.
  • Boys and girls are recruited, coerced or taken from airports, train stations, malls, schools, parks, youth centers and theme parks.
  • Victims of sex trafficking can be girls or boys, women or men.

Human Trafficking Awareness Top Events and Things to Do

  • Talk to children about strangers and make sure they memorize important addresses and phone numbers.
  • Save 888-373-7888 to your phone.  This is number to the National Human Trafficking Resources Hotline.
  • Make a donation to an organization such as Unisex and Polaris Project that fights human trafficking.

Report Trafficking & Get Help

If you believe you are the victim of a trafficking situation or may have information about a potential trafficking situation, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888. NHTRC is a national, toll-free hotline, with specialists available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year related to potential trafficking victims, suspicious behaviors, and/or locations where trafficking is suspected to occur. You can also submit a tip to the NHTRC online.

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Books at JCPL About Human Trafficking

The Rensselaer Library is featuring a display this month of books about Human Trafficking. Stop by and pick up a book today, or check out one of the following titles from our online catalog: