Any time, day, or night read the news. There are more and more headline stories in all states and cities about human trafficking. What is the Blue Campaign and do you know what to do?
BLUE CAMPAIGN. ONE VOICE. ONE MISSION. END HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
"Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign designed to educate the public, law enforcement, and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases."
The DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking partners with the private sector, non governmental organizations, law enforcement, state and local authorities, just to name a few. You can help too!
To report suspected human trafficking to Federal Law Enforcement: 1-866-347-2423.
Para reportar un posible caso de trata de personas: 1-866-347-2423.
To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888.
Obtenga ayuda de la Linea Directa Nacional de Trata de Personas: 1-888-373-7888
In todays Headline News the following story was featured:
"Youth pastor, teacher among 46 arrested in North Texas prostitution sting, the men busted at hotels in Frisco and Southlake face up to two years in prison."
Last year in NextDoor Neighbor, a local neighbor reported that in the middle of the night a man and woman and several children were dropped off in a vacant house for rent by a vehicle that came and went leaving them with no clothes, food, or furniture. While compassionate hearts responded and were quick to ask for the address to volunteer to deliver food, clothes, blankets, mattresses, etc., not one person knew who to call or even considered the children might be in danger. Yes, I did respond quickly to raise concern.
If you check the Blue Campaign website, there is training for Industry Professionals for Convenience Retail Resources, Transportation Industry, and Hospitality Industry. As REALTORS® would you know what to do? I have not heard of any NAR awareness campaigns, have you? Sex Trafficking is at an all time high and cannot be ignored. During the past two years I have seen headline news about sex trafficking in all states and cities and the problem is growing. Knowing what to do and who to call is just a start and something not to ignore.