It’s not hopeless
It’s as easy as opening our eyes and noticing what is going around us. When many people think of human trafficking they think of Cambodia, Indonesia, or the Sudan, rarely do people realize that it happens in our own cities and neighborhoods. There is no city or town too small for human trafficking to take place, and it may be shocking to learn that neighbors and friends are guilty of participating in it.
There are different types of human trafficking, but it basically comes down to those who are sold, traded, or leased for sex, labor, or both. It affects men, women, and children, both foreign and domestic, and it’s more common than anyone of us would like to think. Young children are commonly shipped around as sex slaves, but older women and men can find themselves forced into labor as well. A recent case involving a pig farm in a small Utah town revealed men from Thailand trapped as slaves after the company Global Horizons took their passports and threatened retribution against their families if they tried to escape. Other stories have come out as foreign women similarly trapped as house keepers in suburban neighborhoods.
Fighting this is not as impossible and out of reach as you may think. There are more and more local groups popping up that deal with these issues, local law enforcement is becoming more aware of the problem, and the U.S. government encourages people who think they are witnessing signs of it to call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline
This is a problem we can solve, and it begins by opening our eyes.