We know that human trafficking is a complicated crime. But sometimes, there are simple actions that can make a world of difference to a survivor.
Last year, more than 1,600 survivors of human trafficking reached out to the National Human Trafficking Hotline or Polaris’s BeFree Textline to get services and support. Hundreds of thousands more victims have no idea these lifelines exist—and are still trapped by their traffickers today.
Attorneys General play a unique role in responding to and stopping human trafficking in their state. One critical step that can truly make a difference is publicizing the national hotline. We know that it works: five years ago, after the National Association of Attorney General (NAAG) promoted the hotline through a national initiative, call volume increased by up to 200% in states where the hotline was widely publicized by the state Attorney General’s Office. And according to an independent study from Northeastern University, “the most important provision to increasing arrests is requiring the National Human Trafficking Hotline number to be posted in public places.”
That’s why we’re asking Attorneys General around the United States to widely promote the National Human Trafficking Hotline.