January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. This isn’t just a problem that happens overseas—it happens every day in communities all over the United States. Men, women and children are forced by criminals to work long hours for little to no pay in unsafe conditions as prostitutes, servants or laborers.
By being aware of the signs of trafficking, a taxi driver in California was recently able to help a young woman get free from her traffickers. By increasing awareness about how to spot and report trafficking, we can all help catch traffickers and save their victims.
- President Obama recently made a proclamation that outlines the efforts that our government is making to stop traffickers and increase awareness.
- The Blue Campaign from the Department of Homeland Security has examples and videos to help you learn more about human trafficking.
- The Office on Trafficking in Persons features myths and facts about trafficking, identifies vulnerable communities and offers victim services.
- Learn more about human trafficking and how to spot the signs in this helpful infographic.
Help stop trafficking in your community by staying alert to the signs of trafficking and contacting the authorities if you suspect someone is being trafficked.