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Human Trafficking - Reducing the Risk (Part 2)

Updated: Apr 14, 2022

This is the second in a series of four articles.

Human trafficking is a serious issue that has been present in our world for far too long, and unfortunately, there are not any signs pointing to it slowing down. There are many cases of human trafficking around the world, even with in the United States. Human trafficking is referred to as a hidden crime because even if a victim gets the opportunity to escape their trafficker, there is a chance that they will not take it. This can be explained by the victim fearing their trafficker or law enforcement, or if there is a language barrier between the victim and their would-be rescuer. Traffickers target people who they see as vulnerable, so it is smart to stay aware of your surroundings, especially when you are in an unfamiliar place or potentially dangerous situation. A good strategy to combat human trafficking is to use the buddy system. While going out with a trusted friend may seem like an obvious and simple thing to do, the added risk of another person could dissuade a trafficker from targeting you. For situations where you will be alone in an unfamiliar place, set up a system with a friend or family member where you will either text or call them when you get to your destination, and if you do not, they will contact local law enforcement. Taking precautionary measures, while tedious, could save your life.

Spreading (verified) information and resources about human trafficking is also a great way to combat the issue. Telling friends and family about ways to identify victims, traffickers, and how to keep themselves safe will lead to a more informed nation, which will make it harder for the human trafficking industry to operate. Spreading information includes more than word of mouth. Re-posting helpful (and accurate) information about human trafficking on social media also helps to spread awareness, especially to some of those in the younger generations who may not have had this information otherwise. If you want to learn more about human trafficking, look up reliable resources in the library and online. Videos, pamphlets, and articles can all be helpful to those looking to expand their knowledge on the subject. If you have information about Human Trafficking, contact the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline by calling them at 1-888-373-7888 or texting them at 233733.

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