Human Trafficking

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Human trafficking, or trafficking in persons, is one of the world's largest organized criminal enterprises, somewhere between drugs and guns. Millions are held against their will for slave labor and sex work, including tens of thousands in the US. Half of them are children. Human trafficking is growing because slave labor is profitable and because poverty makes so many vulnerable to exploitation.

Human Trafficking Awareness and Advocacy

The 2009 UCC Synod Resolution and 2011 Disciples Assembly Resolution against human trafficking called on members and congregations of our churches to engage in education about the issue of trafficking in persons and advocacy efforts to end this criminal and abusive practice.

There are several things you and your congregation can do to raise awareness and take action to end human trafficking:

If you need help or have a tip, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1 (888) 373-7888.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in more than 200 languages. The NHTRC’s mission is to connect human trafficking victims and survivors to critical support and services to get help and stay safe, and to equip the anti-trafficking community with the tools to effectively combat all forms of human trafficking. The NHTRC offers round-the-clock access to a safe space to report tips, seek services, and ask for help.  

The NHTRC is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization funded by the Federal government. In an emergency, call 911.

Get involved through the Trafficking Resource Center:

Resources on Trafficking in Persons

More Information on Trafficking in Persons

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