Friday, January 31, 2014

Superbowl and Sex Trafficking

Stop Trafficking in the U.S.
“American children are forced into slavery every day. Many of them are homeless. Will you help protect them? #notagame”
Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues of the overall sex industry, including residential brothels, hostess clubs, online escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution. Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbot, who famously called the Superbowl game “the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States”  is calling for an increased attention to human sex trafficking, mainly that of children, in an attempt to bring awareness and action into towns across America.
There are disputes about whether sex trafficking spikes in advance of events such as the Super Bowl, and some prominent anti-trafficking organizations say it would be difficult to document such a trend. Nevertheless, a coordinated effort is often launched to boost the training of hotel and transportation workers as well as law enforcement officers – and to reach out with messages to potential customers and victims of the sex trade.
The New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking has taken a number of steps leading up to this year’s Super Bowl. It trained more than 200 volunteers to engage hotel managers in anti-trafficking efforts, for instance. Some of them took along bars of soap bearing the National Human Trafficking hot line number (888-373-7888) – part of a project called S.O.A.P.: Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution.

What can you do to help put an end to sex trafficking?
2.Know who the Traffickers are
3. Report any suspected trafficking: 

Call the Hotline

The easiest and fastest way to reach us is to call our hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733).  Hotline Call Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to take reports from anywhere in the country related to potential trafficking victims, suspicious behaviors, and/or locations where trafficking is suspected to occur. All reports are confidential. Interpreters are available.

Submit a Tip Online

The information you submit will be reviewed by the NHTRC and forwarded to specialized law enforcement and/or services providers where appropriate. For immediate assistance or to speak directly with an NHTRC Call Specialist, please contact us through the 24-hour hotline.

Together we can put and end to this horrendous activity.

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