Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery. Its victims may be hiding in plain sight in your community, being forced to perform labor or sex work against their will. To learn more about trafficking and find out how you can help, contact Blackburn Center at 724-836-1122 or 1-888-832-2272.
Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by means of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, or abuse of power of a position of vulnerability for the purpose of exploitation. It is a form of modern slavery, and is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world.
Trafficking victims can include young children, teenagers, men and women. They can be American citizens or foreign nationals (either legally or illegally in the United States). Victims of trafficking can be pressed into servitude through the use of force, fraud and coercion. They can be found in a variety of industries, including restaurants, hotels, nail salons, small businesses, commercial sex (prostitution, massage parlors, pornography and online exploitation), agriculture and construction. Learn more about modern slavery in our Blackburn 101 series.
Facts About Human Trafficking
• The United States is one of the top three destination points for trafficked victims. California, New York, Texas
and Nevada are the top destination states in the U.S.
• Women who have been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation experience a significantly higher rate of HIV and other STDs, tuberculosis, and permanent damage to their reproductive systems.
• An estimated 27 million people are enslaved around the world this very moment.
• An estimated 13 million children are enslaved around the world today, accounting for nearly half of
trafficking victims in the world.
• The average age of a young woman being trafficked is 12-14 years old.
• More than 2/3 of sex trafficked children suffer additional abuse at the hands of their traffickers.
• There are anywhere between 600,000 and 800,000 victims trafficked through international borders every
year, which does not include the millions trafficked domestically within their own countries.
• The average cost of a slave around the world is $90.
• According to estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves
• Trafficked children are significantly more likely to develop mental health problems, abuse substances,
engage in prostitution as adults, and either commit or be victimized by violent crimes later in life.
If you are a victim of human trafficking or if you believe you have encountered a victim of human trafficking and need more information, contact Blackburn Center’s 24 hotline at 724-836-1122 or 1-888-832-2272.
You can also call The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)’s 24 hour hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733).
How Can You Help Victims of Human Trafficking?
Learn More: request a training to understand the indicators of human trafficking and how to identify victims in your community.
Raise Awareness: hang signs and information in places like your business, community center, or religious organization.
Take Action: Join Westmoreland County's Task Force on Human Trafficking, consider becoming a more conscious consumer, hold legislators accountable for addressing human trafficking, and report suspected human trafficking to the National Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
To request a training on human trafficking for your group or for more information, please contact Blackburn Center.
For more resources on trafficking, please click here.
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