Fighting Human Trafficking in the Midst of the Pandemic and the Racial Reckoning

Fighting Human Trafficking in the Midst of the Pandemic and the Racial Reckoning

July saw the return of several sporting leagues across the nation and across the world. As the US and the world continues to grapple with the ongoing pandemic, it is a welcome feeling to see sports creating a sense of hope for the community. In addition to safely returning to play with strong testing and measures in place, the impact of sports in the racial reckoning has been stronger than ever with leagues finally supporting the protests and activism of their athletes. 

As we continue to fight against human trafficking, we should realize the way trafficking aligns with racial injustice.  All the systemic discrimination related to homelessness, mass incarceration, the lack of equal access to jobs and education that Black communities and immigrant communities face means that they are also disproportionately victimized by trafficking.  And that makes them more likely to be arrested and potentially abused by police.  They are often treated as criminals instead of being offered community services.

As the second largest illegal activity in the world, the fight against human trafficking deserves more attention. At the end of this post, you will see the 19 places in the US where it was reported just in July 2020.

There were 92 individuals arrested, suspected, or charged with human trafficking activities in the United States in July, as well as 16 victims removed from being entrapped in trafficking, 12 of them under the age of 18. There were four new laws passed and 14 community initiatives.

Internationally in July, there were 169 individuals arrested, suspected, or charged with human trafficking activity, as well as 10 victims removed from being entrapped in trafficking, including five minors. There were two new laws passed, and nine community initiatives.

We need to encourage more community initiatives. I was grateful this month to see that Tim Tebow was raising $500,000 through his Foundation to combat human trafficking. We can all do more by coming together as a community and recognizing the scope of human trafficking. I ask you who support the Institute for Sport and Social Justice to have honest and open discussions about human trafficking. 

Most importantly, if you know someone who is a victim or see a suspicious incident that may involve someone being trafficked, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline


Below, I have listed the 19 US cities where human trafficking was reported in July 2020:

Atlantic City, New Jersey
Beaver City, Nebraska
Beaver, Utah
Concord, New Hampshire
East Whiteland, Pennsylvania
El Dorado Hills, California
Grand Island, Nebraska
Hampton, Alabama
Hillsboro, Ohio
Jacksonville, Florida
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Limestone County, Alabama
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sacramento, California
San Antonio, Texas
Tallahassee, Florida
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Victorville, California
Wheelersburg, Ohio

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