What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is the act of compelling a person to engage in sexual acts or forced labor. The trafficker profits from this exploitation while continuing to manipulate the victims. This modern day slavery has reached near epidemic levels in the United States, and is why Just Ask works to counteract these growing numbers through education and awareness.
How Bad is the Problem?
The statistics concerning human trafficking are very troubling, and the problem is getting worse as trafficker techniques become more savvy. According to the FBI, human trafficking is the second fastest growing crime sector in the United States. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.5 million people trafficked into forced sexual exploitation globally.
This problem isn’t just occurring in far away countries though, it’s happening in our own communities. Polaris Project has tracked over 36,000 calls to their anti-human trafficking hotline alone, and Northern Virginia has become a hub for this activity. Any of our children could be susceptible to being manipulated by a trafficker, which is why we must know the signs, and Just Ask if something seems wrong with someone you love.
It’s a serious crime, with serious numbers.
Where Does Human Trafficking Occur?
Like any crime, human trafficking can occur in any community where there are teens to manipulate and an illegal black market place to service. In 2016 there were over 7,500 cases of human trafficking reported in the United States according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
This is only a small percentage of the actual occurrences of trafficking as many cases go unreported. There are so many unreported cases because most of us wouldn’t recognize trafficking if we saw it. This map (courtesy of Polaris Project) shows where these phone calls originated from. Visit National Human Trafficking Hotline website to get statistics specific to your state:
Work with us to educate teens and adults about the dangers of human trafficking
We’ve made it easy to teach your students about the strategies of traffickers so that they can know if they’re being manipulated. CONTACT US FOR DETAILS
Schedule to have someone from Just Ask come to your event or classroom to teach them about the dangers of trafficking. CONTACT TO SCHEDULE
We’ve coordinated our efforts with several national partners to help spread knowledge about human trafficking.
There are a number of outstanding organizations we work with and recommend n the fight against human trafficking.
Stories of Survival
“I was trafficked for three years starting when I was 14 years old. He trafficked me for 3 years, the whole time I had both parents in my life, I was seeing a counselor, and even ended up on probation for running away. But no one ever helped me, no one ever asked me what was going on. If someone had cared enough to JUST ASK what was going on, maybe I would have never been a victim.”