Today Marks 2018 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Here’s What You Need to Know

The International Labor Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labor globally. As the oldest of six brothers and sisters, I was even more shocked to learn that children constitute one third of this number.

Here’s how you can help:

Sign up for the Signs of Trafficking Training Course. The training takes one hour to complete and automatically saves your progress so you can go at your own pace. The training taught me to recognize the some of the common signs of trafficking.

Examples include:

  • Physical signs
  • Starving
  • Cuts covered by makeup
  • Matching tattoos by two or more people
  • Emotional signs
  • Manipulation
  • Depression
  • Lack of self-identity
  • Behavioral signs
  • Usually tired
  • Avoids of eye contact
  • Accompanied by a dominating individual

In addition to becoming trained, I want to equip you with the necessary resources to be able to help others. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a 24/7, confidential, multilingual hotline for victims, survivors, and witnesses of human trafficking.

The hotline can be reached:

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