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January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is dedicated to raising awareness about the different forms of human trafficking, also known as modern slavery, and educating people about this crime and how to spot it.

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What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations. Victims can be any age, race, gender or nationality.

THE FACTS
across the globe

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$150 billion dollar industry

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40.3 million people enslaved

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5.4 out of every 1,000 people are enslaved in the world

THE FACTS
in the United States

More than 22,000 trafficking victims identified nationwide

(2019) 

More than 22,000 trafficking victims identified nationwide

(2019) 

More than 22,000 trafficking victims identified nationwide

(2019) 

Trafficking has been reported in all 50 states. T

Trafficking has been reported in all 50 states.

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The U.S. leads all other nations in consumption.

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More than 22,000 trafficking victims identified nationwide

(2019) 

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Trafficking has been reported in all 50 states.

WE'RE JOINING THE FIGHT
with survivor care

THREE WAYS YOU CAN JOIN THE FIGHT 

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Human Trafficking in Chattanooga

Her Song expanded its survivor care program to Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2021. 

  • Chattanooga currently has eight  residential beds dedicated to trafficking survivors.

  • In 2021, Tennessee reported that human trafficking is the second-highest rising crime in the state.

  • In 2019, Tennessee had 722 calls to the tip line to report suspected cases of trafficking.

  • When the pandemic began in 2020, calls in Tennessee significantly increased to 909 calls.

  • As of October 2021, there were 987 calls alone to the TBI.

  • This trend indicates that there is almost a 20% increase in calls to report trafficking to the TBI every year.  

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Human Trafficking in Columbus

Her Song expanded its survivor care program to Columbus, Ohio, in 2021. Rock City Church has been coming alongside the Tim Tebow Foundation for several years through the annual Night to Shine event. In late 2020, the Foundation shared of the expansion of Her Song and Rock City was ready to jump in and help! In 2021, Her Song and Rock City defined their relationship and hit the ground running to start making local connections in the community.

  • Tips related to human trafficking have increased 30 percent from 2020 to 2021.

  • In 2021, 368 victims were rescued and referred to services. 

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Human Trafficking in Jacksonville

Her Song was founded in 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida, and has been working with survivors of human trafficking for nine years. During that time, we have opened three residential homes in Northeast Florida and worked with more than 1,900 trafficking victims

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Educate Yourself

  • Attend a community training.

  • Get connected to an organization that is fighting human trafficking. 

  • Stay current. Set up web alerts to receive human trafficking news and updates. 

Educate Your Community

  • Share about National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month on your social media channels. 

  • Meet with and/or write to your local, state, and federal government representatives to let them know you care about combating human trafficking, and ask what they are doing to address it.

  • Host an awareness event to watch and discuss films about human trafficking. 

Sponsor Freedom

  • Give hope by donating to Her Song, which goes to expanding safe housing for human trafficking survivors. Donate here.

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