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January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

As you read this, 40.3 million people around the world are being trafficked.

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor services or commercial sex act. Victims of trafficking can be any age, gender, race, nationality, and socioeconomic status. It can happen anywhere — from bustling cities to sleepy rural towns across America — and even in the workplace.

During the month of January, advocates, community organizations, and employers will come together to raise awareness and end human trafficking. Here are 10 ways you can help:

 

  1. Learn the signs. Recognizing the signs of human trafficking is the first step in identifying victims and can help save a life. Here are some common signs of trafficking.
  2. Separate myth from fact. There are a lot of misconceptions about human trafficking, which can prevent victims from getting help. DHS debunks some of the most common myths here.
  3. Report suspected human trafficking cases to Federal law enforcement at 1-866-347-2423.
  4. Train employees about ways that they can help stop human trafficking, such as by reporting suspicious activity to authorities.
  5. Post the number for the National Human Trafficking Hotline in your workplace: 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).
  6. Incorporate anti-trafficking statements into your employee handbook. Here are some examples of anti-trafficking policies you can integrate into your existing materials.
  7. Educate employees about new or existing anti-trafficking policies and practices via email, verbal notices, staff meetings, and annual training.
  8. Participate in #WearBlueDay on Thursday, January 11.
  9. Host a video screening of the Department of Homeland Security’s “Tools That Teach: What is Human Trafficking?” or these other awareness videos. Afterward, hold a discussion with your employees about how to recognize and stop human trafficking.
  10. Display posters to raise awareness about human trafficking. You can download posters and other printable materials from the DHS’ Blue Campaign Website for free.

Download the 2020 Workplace Safety Calendar

Participating in Human Trafficking Awareness Month is one way to create a safer workplace and community. For more ideas, download our free 2020 workplace safety calendar.

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