National Human Trafficking Resource Center update

Rescue & Restore just released a special report on the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

The NHTRC, which is manned by Polaris Project, is a national service that provides information and resources to trafficking victims and activists, and is a hotline for leaving tips about suspected trafficking situations. Organizations and coalitions related to the fight against human trafficking are encouraged to contact the Center so that they have you on file in their national resource database.

NHTRC and the 24/7 hotline can be reached at 1-888-373-7888 or nhtrc[at]polarisproject.org.

Some highlights from the report:

  • The NHTRC received over 2,500 calls during the first half of 2008.
  • Calls into the hotline have doubled since 2007.
  • The NHTRC has received, on average, more than 400 calls each month with the highest call volume occurring Monday to Friday during extended business hours between 9am-9pm.
  • The NHTRC receives approximately 85 percent of calls in English and about 15 percent in Spanish. The NHTRC has access to tele-interpreting services for an additional 170 languages.
  • Since October 2007, the NHTRC has given 52 different trainings and presentations to disseminate information from the expanding NHTRC library of materials.
  • There continue to be six general types of calls that come into the NHTRC. These categories of calls include the following:
    • Calls regarding general information related to human trafficking;
    • Calls providing tips or intelligence about potential trafficking situations;
    • Calls requesting training or technical assistance;
    • Calls requesting referrals for victims;
    • Crisis calls from potential victims or others in crisis; and
    • Calls from organizations representing related topics such as domestic violence, homelessness, labor exploitation, etc.
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3 examples of how the NHRTC is being used across the country:

  • An airline pilot called the NHTRC to report what the pilot believed was a potential case of human trafficking. The pilot stated that during flights from Eastern Europe to New York City there were teenage girls who appeared to be coming to the U.S. as victims of commercial sexual exploitation. The NHTRC alerted a NY anti-trafficking organization, who brought in the local Assistant U.S. Attorney to help investigate the case.
  • NHTRC received a phone call from a teacher who became concerned about the unexplained disappearances of several girls from her program. NHTRC staff worked with the caller to identify a potential human trafficking network and immediately referred the case to Federal authorities. Within two weeks the children, who had been held in a brothel that was part of a larger human trafficking ring, were successfully rescued and referred to local social service organizations.
  • An employee of a large farm in a rural area snuck away from work to a pay phone to call the NHTRC. The worker reported that he and 300 other employees were enduring emotional, financial and physical abuse from their employers, and feared for their families’ physical safety should they try to leave. The NHTRC referred the caller to a local NGO that specializes in labor trafficking of farmworkers and also reported the tip to local law enforcement.
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