National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month increases awareness of human trafficking as a global crisis that impacts countries all over the world, including the United States. Although human traffickers target both adults and minors, youth are particularly vulnerable. An estimated 20.9 million human trafficking victims exist worldwide, and more than one in four of these are children.
Runaway youth and youth in foster care in particular are at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking. In 2016, approximately 20% of the runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) were thought to be victims of sex trafficking. Of those sex trafficking victims, nearly 86% were reported missing while in the custody of social services or foster care.
Victims of human trafficking often experience severe consequences as a result of their enslavement, including greater risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), pregnancy, physical abuse, and drug addiction or substance use.
You can help make a difference by doing the following:
- Visit the Abolishing Injustice in the 21st Century (A21) website, and share your anti-trafficking messages with the world.
- Know the warning signs of human trafficking in youth, and get tips for helping survivors and preventing future trafficking.
- Learn how to raise awareness in your community, host an educational event, or organize a fundraiser.
- Watch this video about the Blue Campaign and its fight to end human trafficking.
- Listen to this Human Trafficking podcast by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
- Help keep our schools safe. Read the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments’ guide on trafficking in America’s schools.
Visit the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) for education, resources, and safety tips.
Get help, or report abuse:
- For 24/7 law enforcement support, call toll-free 866-347-2423, or submit a tip online at www.ice.gov/tips.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)
Call toll-free 1-888-373-7888 (24/7) for information, help, or to report potential trafficking crimes. Text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE) to help victims and survivors, or to connect with local services.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
Call toll-free 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678) or report sexually abused or exploited minors at http://www.cybertipline.org.