Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Setting People Free

Everyday we see people as we go about our lives. A businessman might stay in a hotel with a staff that cleans his room. A stay-at-home mom might splurge on a massage or go get her nails done. A teacher interacts with students. We might run into a neighbor's cleaning lady taking out the trash. Servers take our orders when we eat lunch at a restaurant. Sometimes teens will show up at our front doors selling magazines.

All these scenarios have the potential to put us in contact with victims of human trafficking. Knowing the indicators to watch for could aid in the rescue of a modern-day slave. A Department of Health and Human Services fact sheet says that trafficking victims often:
  • show evidence of being psychologically or physically controlled
  • are unable to leave home or a workplace
  • won't speak for themselves, someone with them will provide information
  • won't have any kind of identification like a passport or driver's license
  • won't have many personal possessions
  • think they owe a huge debt they can't pay
  • will have lost a sense of time or space, they may not know the city or state where they are
If you suspect you've come into contact with a victim of trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1.888.3737.888. Before you call note every possible detail because they will ask questions to determine whether to call in local authorities.

Caring enough to pay attention to the people we come into contact with can change their lives. It even has the potential to set someone free.

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