Sometimes I have felt that though there was a lot to learn initially when I became interested in fighting human trafficking, other than individual horror stories, I’ve seen or heard all the statistics and there seems to be no new news. In fact, the latest news tends to be that numbers are constantly trending higher and it sometimes feels like a hopeless fight. But that’s the problem right there: I have to stop looking at the big picture and think about those individual stories, because helping everyone begins with helping someone. This is another reason I like presenting my readers (and those they share with) information on individual organizations out there dedicated to justice. They may mostly share the same information, but their different approaches are what is interesting.
This week I am highlighting an organization based in Louisiana, Trafficking Hope.
And I did learn something new from their website. It isn’t good news, but to me anyway, it is new news, and I was impressed with their page as it dedicated a list of some common myths of human trafficking. There is much about this atrocity that people do not know or understand, so knowing the uncommon information is important in how we approach it.
MYTH: Females are the only victims of sex trafficking Estimates show that as many as 20% of sex trafficking victims are males. (United Nations Office on Drug & Crimes)
Another resource Trafficking Hope offers that I think is great is being able to sign up for their Trafficking Report in order to “Be prepared, Stay informed, and Get Involved!” This seems to be a gathering of various news articles and such on recent events, happenings, and trends. I just signed up myself.
This organization seems to offer help both locally and nationally, as they have Hope House, a refuge and place of renewal for those escaping sex trafficking as well as advertise the number for the human trafficking hotline- yes, there is a hotline!
Trafficking Hope’s tagline appears to be “Giving hope to the hopeless,” which I absolutely love.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.