It takes a community that’s aware to keep children and adults protected from trafficking and exploitation. In the United States, if you ever suspect trafficking, call the National Trafficking Hotline at 1.888.373.7888 – and add this number to your cell.
Human trafficking is the forced exploitation of someone for labor or sex and is a serious problem in Kentucky. Human trafficking oppresses adults and children of all races, genders, ages, occupations, and backgrounds. Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received 2,829 contacts related to Kentucky. In 2019 alone, Kentucky received 171 reports of human trafficking involving 215 suspected victims.
Human trafficking is a global blight, with approximately 25 million people subjected to forced labor or forced sexual exploitation. Most trafficking avoids detection altogether, with one study finding that fewer than half of all suspected traffickers in the United States had been arrested.
The treatment needs for trafficked youth and young adults is extensive. When a victim manages to escape their trafficker and exit their trafficking situation, researchers agree they will require a wide range of social services and support. A comprehensive array of services, including shelter and safe housing are essential.
Every Kentuckian can help end human trafficking in the Commonwealth by watching for and reporting suspected human trafficking. How does reporting to the hotline work?
All complaints that come from the Hotline will be called into Kentucky State Police Headquarters radio at Post 12 (Frankfort, Kentucky). Polaris will follow up the complaint with an email to headquarters radio as well as all persons listed on the Kentucky Distribution List. The Dispatcher will determine the location of the complaint and contact the appropriate Post.
recruiting, moving, or placing individuals in exchanges of bonded labor or involuntary servitude via force, fraud, or coercion. In situations of bonded labor, an individual’s release is contingent on payment, but payment is unattainable
defined by the exchange of a sexual act for something of value through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. For children (under 18), any sexual act(s) in exchange for something of value (e.g., money or basic needs) can be considered sex trafficking.
IF YES, THE NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE CAN HELP YOU. Call: 1-888-373-7888
They give free, confidential, one-on-one support. You can call if you need someone to talk to, if you are in an emergency, or if you need any other help. For example, the hotline can connect you with agencies that can get you shelter, counseling, legal services, and other help.
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