Proven Positive Effects of Education to Stop Human Trafficking

It is crucial to educate the public as to what trafficking is and what it is not. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) has an excellent educational campaign called “Look Below the Surface”. The NHTRC has created small plastic laminated cards with basic clues to help determine if a person may be a victim of trafficking. These clues are 1) evidence of being controlled, 2) the inability to move or leave a job, 3) bruises, cuts, sores or signs of physical abuse, 4) fear of deportation, 5) not speaking on one’s own behalf of not speaking English, or 6) no passport or any type of identification. ¬†NHTRC has a 24 hour hotline available 365 days a year. If someone suspects someone is a trafficking victim, they can call the hotline at 1-888-373-7888.These cards are free and available to anyone not simply to victim advocates and government agencies. Handing these card out at all educational trainings would give the general public much needed and vital information on how to help someone if they suspect that they are being trafficked.