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Human Trafficking: Know the Signs

Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016

 

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Annually, the money illegally acquired through human trafficking is estimated to be more than $35 billion which equals the profits earned by Starbucks, Google and Nike combined.

Victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of "labor or services," such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will.

This illegal multi-million dollar industry has largely been hidden in the shadows, but human trafficking cases have been reported in all 50 states. Ohio has ranked as high as fifth among all states in total reported human trafficking cases with Toledo being identified as the fourth highest ranking city in the nation for recruiting victims into the illegal trade.

Everyone has a role in ending human trafficking. To report a tip, connect with anti-trafficking services in your area or for information about anti-trafficking resources call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-373-7888. It’s toll free, confidential and available 24 hours a day.

To learn the warning signs of human trafficking as well as other reporting tips and resources, please read the attachments below:

WARNING SIGNS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

 

 

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