I hope all of the Institute’s friends had a good time celebrating Independence Day with family and friends. As we enjoy time with family, it is important to remember those people who do not have that luxury, as human trafficking is a growing problem in our society.
Large sporting events are always targeted by human traffickers and with the MLB All-Star game right around the corner, I urge anyone in attendance to be vigilant and proactive in protecting potential victims of this horrendous crime. Anti-human trafficking groups are continuing to inform attendees of the threats of human trafficking at sporting events, like the Omaha Women’s Fund did during the College World Series.
I have listed the 29 cities where human trafficking was reported in June at the end of this blog.
In June, domestically, there were 173 individuals arrested, suspected, or charged with human trafficking activities, as well as 27 adult victims rescued, and 10 children under the age of 18. There were six new laws passed and 37 community initiatives.
Internationally, there were 97 individuals arrested, suspected, or charged with human trafficking activity, as well as 488 victims rescued, including five children under the age of 18. There were no new laws passed and six community initiatives.
We continue to challenge everyone to have an honest and open discussion about human trafficking in America, so we are able to continue combating this modern-day slavery. It is also important to support the work of your local anti-trafficking group(s). To learn more, like the Shut-Out Trafficking Facebook page and follow End Trafficking on Twitter.
Below, I have listed the 29 cities where human trafficking was reported in June:
Fort Collins, Colorado
Hampton Roads, Virginia
Hillsborough County, Florida (85 arrested)
Houston, Texas (5 arrested, 18 rescued)
Jacksonville, Florida (13 arrested)
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Los Angeles, California
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
New York City, New York
Parsippany, New Jersey
Raleigh, North Carolina
Riverside County, California
San Antonio, Texas
San Jose, California
San Mateo California