Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Our staff attended a human trafficking seminar in Knoxville

Our volunteer staff attended a human trafficking seminar in Knoxville today. Here are a few things that they learned.

Internationally, human trafficking is exploding. Locally, there are concerns that the victims that we see rescued are only the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to today's training law enforcement and nonprofit organizations have new sets of tools to use.

WATE reported on a recent human trafficking bust that happened right here in Knoxville. A common perception is that victims are undocumented illegal aliens but that isn't always the case.  This news piece from KGW news reveals how average kids can be targeted and lured or forced into the sex trade.

No one knows for sure how many people are victims of human trafficking each year. Some estimates put the worldwide number at 12 million annually. Number indicate that over 200,000 children in the U.S. each year are at high risk for human trafficking each year. 

A toll-free national hotline has been set up to help. 1.888.3737.888 is operated by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center

The following PSA is one of the outreach tools offered by HHS Rescue and Restore. It is worth watching.

1 comment:

Marie Anne said...

How very sad to think that human beings prey on each other like this.