How You Can Help

  • Learn the indicators of human trafficking and domestic violence so you can help identify a potential victim. Awareness training is available for individuals, businesses, first responders, law enforcement, educators, and federal employees, among others.
  • If you are in the United States and believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking or domestic violence, report your suspicions. Trafficking victims, including undocumented individuals, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.
  • Volunteer and support anti-domestic violence and anti-trafficking efforts in your community.
  • Meet with and/or write to your local, state, and federal government representatives to let them know you care about combating human trafficking or domestic violence, and ask what they are doing to address it.
  • Host an awareness event to watch and discuss films about domestic violence or human trafficking. For example, learn how modern slavery exists today; watch an investigative documentary about sex trafficking; or discover how human trafficking can affect global food supply chains. Also, check out CNN’s Freedom Project for more stories on the different forms of human trafficking around the world.
  • Work with a local religious community or congregation to help stop trafficking and domestic violence by supporting a victim, service provider or spreading awareness.

Stats

  • Human trafficking is modern day slavery
  • Human trafficking is considered the largest international crime industry exceeding that of illegal drugs and arms trafficking.
  • Worldwide, there are nearly 21 million victims of human trafficking, with 55%women and girls, and 26% children
  • Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90
  • Approx. 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
  • It reportedly generates a profit of $150 billion every year.
  • Human trafficking is a global phenomenon that is fueled by poverty and gender discrimination.
  • Per the US State Department 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70% are female and half are children.
  • The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 11 to 14 years old. Many victims are runaway girls who are sexually abused as children.
  • Over 71% of trafficked children show suicidal tendencies
  • 85% of those in sex slavery were sexually abused as children
  • 95% of victims are physically assaulted and/or raped in prostitution

Sex traffickers use a variety of ways to “condition” their victims, including subjecting them to starvation, rape, gang rape, physical abuse, beating confinement, threats of violence toward the victim and victim’s family, forced drug use, and shame.

Emergency numbers

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

National Human Trafficking Hotline
1-888-373-7888

NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline English & Spanish 24/7
1-800-942-6906.

National Relay for Deaf/Hard of Hearing:
711 To report missing or the sexual exploitation of children:
1-800-843-5678

NYC 24-hour rape, incest & sexual assault hotline:
1-212-227-3000