It’s sad but true: here in this country, 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. We’re 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.
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For issues related to human trafficking and slavery, please contact the Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Office, or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit.
To report international human rights abuses, please contact the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
To report information related to the United States, please contact the Department of Justice’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, or U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement’ Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center
Learn more: http://www.humanrights.gov/
National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline: 1.888.3737.888
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. It is operated by Polaris Project, a non-government organization working to combat human trafficking. Callers can report tips and receive information on human trafficking by calling the hotline at 1.888.3737.888
The hotline provides data on where cases of suspected human trafficking are occurring within the United States. A national map of calls is updated daily to reflect the sources of calls to the hotline.
To learn more: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/hotline/index.html
“It [Human Trafficking at home and abroad] ought to concern every person, because it’s a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at the social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name—modern slavery.”
“Our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time, and the United States will continue to lead it…”
President Barack Obama, September 25, 2012
FBI says it arrested 150 in three days for child prostitution
7/29/13 David Ingram; Editing by Howard Goller and Bill Trott – Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI arrested 150 people across the United States for holding children against their will for prostitution, a three-day weekend sweep that officials on Monday called the largest-ever operation of its kind.
The suspects were arrested in 76 U.S. cities and are expected to face state and federal charges related to sex crimes and human trafficking, FBI and U.S. Justice Department officials said at a news conference.
FBI agents and local police recovered 105 children during the operation at truck stops, motels, casinos and other places where they were held against their will for prostitution, officials said.
Children who are most vulnerable to being exploited for sex crimes are between 13 and 16 years old without strong ties to family members, officials said.
“We are trying to take this crime out of the shadows and put a spotlight on it,” said FBI Assistant Director Ronald Hosko.
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