Just finished skimming through the Polaris Project 5 Year report on Human Trafficking in America. At a glance I can highly recommend tracking down the report and reading it yourself. Here’s where you can find a link to the complete document in PDF format:
The trafficking hotline number so familiar to anyone aware of the Polaris Project, has been in existence since 2007. As with any hotline number, it takes a while for the number to get out there and become visible enough to actually be useful. Five years into its use, Polaris now can give us an emerging picture of Trafficking in the United States that is beginning to say something significant to us.
The executive summary at the very top of the report will give you a sobering snapshot. Here are a few fast facts – I recommend you looking it up yourself so you understand the numbers better:
The number of calls to the hotline 1-888-373-7888 in the first five years of the number’s circulation. That’s over 800 calls a month. That’s also a number that has gained momentum as awareness has increased.
The number of unique cases of Human Trafficking identified among the total call-in volume of the hotline.
Of the total trafficking cases identified, 64% were Sex Trafficking Cases.
Of the Sex Trafficking cases involved women and girls, the remainder involving male and transgendered individuals.
The 46 page report is thorough! You’ll get an education in the terminology of trafficking if you take the time to read the report. I downloaded it to my trusty i-Pad and plan on reading it this week as I exercise. Some the highpoints include a breakdown between Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking, Child Trafficking, the growth and awareness of the hotline number and a few helpful glossaries and appendices. Give it a read soon!
Save the Date:
Theresa Flores is SOAPing the town for CWS. Sunday, June 8th at Christ Community Theresa will bring her team to Omaha looking for volunteers to deliver free soap to the hotels in town. Can you guess what’s on the back of those itty bitty bars of soap?
You guessed it! The NHRTC hotline number: 1-888-373-7888. More on that in my next post.