Human Trafficking Hotline to Locate and Protect Victims
Data Human trafficking, the narcotics trade and weapons smuggling all feed conflict, instability and repression worldwide. It is estimated that nearly 21 million people are enslaved in forced labour and trafficking situations across the world today, and the industry generates at least $32 billion of illicit profits every year. The Human Trafficking Hotline Network is developed in partnership with Google and aims to create a network of support to help find and support trafficking victims. When someone calls the hotline, the operator can use online resources and tools to find their location and nearby law enforcement or health care support. The hotline is in its early stages, but has already assisted in helping around 8,000 victims of human trafficking.
Assessing the full scope of human trafficking is difficult because so cases so often go undetected, something the United Nations refers to as “the hidden figure of crime.” By using the hotline, it will enable the operator to locate and assist the victim.
It’s estimated that internationally there are between 20 million and 40 million people in modern slavery today.
Globally, an estimated 71% of enslaved people are women and girls, while men and boys account for 29%.
In 2018, over half (51.6%) of the criminal human trafficking cases active in the US were sex trafficking cases involving only children.
Human trafficking earns global profits of roughly $150 billion a year for traffickers, $99 billion of which comes from commercial sexual exploitation
The National Human Trafficking Hotline has already assisted in helping around 8,000 victims of human trafficking.
It is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls, texts, and live chats from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in more than 200 languages.
National Human Trafficking Hotline Organization: https://polarisproject.org/national-human-trafficking-hotline/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5L2xlJfQ6gIVdh-tBh3IPwlVEAAYASAAEgKgb_D_BwE
Sierra Briscoe - www.linkedin.com/in/sierrabriscoe