Stop Human Trafficking

National Human Trafficking Resources

Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

TEENS: go to this website to learn what is happening in Northern Virgina: http://justaskva.org

What is Human Trafficking?

The enslavement and sale of human beings for the purposes of work, particularly women and girls forced into the sex industry.

How big a problem is Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world, after drug dealing and before arms sales, and is the fastest growing. Trafficking is a $32 billion global industry with an estimated 8.5 Million people sold into slavery each year. Most are women and many are children.

The United States is a primary destination country with approximately 18,000 persons from over 50 countries brought here each year. American women and girls are trafficked in this country. Over 300,000 children are trafficked WITHIN the United States annually to large urban areas and tourist destinations including Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Florida.

What is Soroptimist doing about it?

Soroptimist International of Woodbridge is working toward a public awareness campaign, and encouragement to legislators, law enforcement and service providers to address this global crime. The trafficking of children and young people is a complex issue and it manifests itself in various ways, depending on the region or country where the children are located. However, three steps are typical of the trafficking experience:

1. RECRUITMENT The child or young person is taken away from their home, sometimes by force but often the trafficker will trick them or their parents into going, with the promise of a better life. On some occasions desperate parents will sell their child to a trafficker or children run away from abusive homes.

2. TRANSPORT Moving the child to their intended destination can often be dangerous and uncomfortable. The trafficker may hide the child in cramped conditions to prevent anyone finding out what's happening. If ever questioned, they will lie about their relationship to their human 'cargo' to avoid suspicion.

3. DESTINATION On arrival to their first destination, children and young people are often abused, beaten or raped into submission and can be repeatedly sold. They are psychologically and physically damaged but too frightened or ashamed to ask for help. If they try to escape, their lives or the lives of their families are threatened. If they do manage to escape, the authorities don't always provide immediate protection for them, leaving them just as vulnerable.

What Can YOU Do To Become Involved?

The first step you should take is to become educated about this issue. Secondly, DEMAND ACTION.

Here are some websites to start with

The following websites are not Soroptimist websites and the links are provided to assist in starting your research; there are many others:

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/programs/anti-trafficking

U.S. State Department, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons: http://www.state.gov/j/tip/

Innocents at Risk: http://www.innocentsatrisk.org

HumanTrafficking.org: http://www.humantrafficking.org

Polaris Project: http://www.polarisproject.org

Alliance To End Slavery & Trafficking: https://endslaveryandtrafficking.org

Stop Sex Trafficking - Video http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/thebodyshop/37921/

Free the Slaves: http://www.freetheslaves.net

Anti-Slavery International: http://www.antislavery.org/english/

Shared Hope International: http://www.sharedhope.org

WFM Missions Base: http://wfmmissionsbase.org