There is an unspeakable crime happening very close to all of us, and we may not even be aware of how nearby it is.
Human trafficking is a criminal violation of human rights, involving force, coercion, or fraud to exploit a person into slave labor or sexual exploitation. It can happen to people of all ages and genders, of any race or religious background. Women are often used for sexual exploitation, while men are usually used for forced labor. About 80 percent of all trafficked individuals are female, about 50 percent are children.
A common misconception about human trafficking is that it doesn’t happen in the United States. According to data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, the United States is ranked as one of the worst countries globally for human trafficking, with an estimated 199,000 incidents occurring every year.
This is happening all around us. It’s closer than you think. And those caught within need to know help is out there, and that hope is not lost.
Our charity partner for the next PHRC event is In Our Backyard.
In Our Backyard is known for posting ‘Freedom Stickers’ in every state across America. Over 500,000 of these stickers to date have helped create access to freedom for victims and survivors of human trafficking. They display the National Human Trafficking hotline, and are strategically posted in public restrooms nationwide. When a trafficking survivor calls or texts this hotline, they are offered hope and help.
Our support through this event will help place thousands upon thousands more of these Freedom Stickers in communities around the country, letting victims of human trafficking know that help is within reach.
Join us tomorrow at 12:00pm Eastern for the reveal of the event theme, and get ready to work hard for In Our Backyard!