Volunteering This Weekend? Look Out for Trafficking Victims!

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Email from Katie McCall, CEO 3rd Millennium Classrooms

Did you know that “transient” people are more vulnerable to human trafficking? This includes the homeless, runaway youth, and those transitioning through the foster system. Traffickers often use promises of shelter, food and money as a lure for the homeless or other vulnerable populations into the horrendous world of trafficking.

According to Thorn, an anti-trafficking organization:

  • Studies consistently report that 50-90% of child sex trafficking victims have been involved in the child welfare system
  • A study conducted by Covenant House New York found that 1/5 of the homeless youth they surveyed in the U.S. and Canada were victims of human trafficking
  • In 2017, an estimated 1 out of 7 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims

Recently, traffickers have been taking it a step further and targeting these people at soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food banks. In some places, traffickers even sign up as volunteers as a way to get closer to victims.

If you are planning on volunteering over the holidays, please be on the lookout for victims. Look over our guide “Red Flags of Human Trafficking.” This guide provides practical tips on identifying victims and how to report them. Download it for free.