January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Despite these efforts, many remain unaware of just how serious this problem continues to be in our day. Victims are likely to experience sexual assault, rape, and other traumatic incidents. Sorting out the facts from the myths can help increase awareness about Human Trafficking.
Common Human Trafficking Myths
Misconceptions regarding human trafficking can greatly impact how people view it. Many think that it primarily involves sex and rape. However, much human trafficking is actually done for labor purposes. Others think that only women and girls, or undocumented individuals get trafficked in the United States. In reality, anyone can become a victim — traffickers identify potential vulnerabilities to achieve power over their victims.
Many victims aren’t necessarily being locked up, either. Instead, they are manipulated so they don’t have necessities needed to escape, or feel like they must stay with their trafficker. Trafficking can occur in someone’s hometown, or even their home.
Getting Help For Victims
The U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline is the go-to resource for anyone trying to escape from human trafficking, as well as those trying to help them. You can get in touch by calling 1-888-373-7888, by texting BeFree (233733), or by connecting via email or live chat. You can report a tip, get service referrals for victims, request training, and more.
Human trafficking is a persistent issue in today’s world — but that doesn’t mean it is impossible to defeat. By understanding the facts behind human trafficking you can assist with educating and spreading awareness which can make a positive difference in your community.