Commonly referred to as the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, Human Trafficking is second only to illicit drug trade, according to human trafficking research.org. What is it? According to the MSDH Human trafficking involves the exploitation of a person for labor, commercial sex, or other service against their will, as in slave labor. Where? Internationally yes, but also in Mississippi, maybe even in your own back yard, with recent arrests even taking place in the central region of our state. And while it does not discriminate, it does prey on the vulnerable, people of all ages who are physically, socially or psychologically susceptible. Victims could be people you meet, work with, or just know. Traffickers use methods control victims and restrict their freedom. There are warning signs such as lack of identifying documents, physical abuse, fearfulness, isolation, or lack of personal care. For more information about how you can help or get help see below.
Human Trafficking Hotspots
.Report it – If you are a victim, or you suspect that human trafficking is taking place, call your local law enforcement, and make a report to the State Human Trafficking Coordinator at: [email protected]
State law requires anyone who suspects that a person under 18 is being trafficked to report it to the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services. Call 1-800-222-8000 or make an online report.
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888.
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