Every day, my colleagues answer about 100 calls on the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline. They respond to dozens of texts, emails, and tips through our online reporting form. It doesn’t matter if it is 3:00 a.m. Or Christmas Day. Or during a blizzard. The hotline does not close.
Because someone needs to be there to help the young man who was just abandoned far away from home by his sales crew. Or the teenage girl who learned her friend is being forced to sell herself for sex online. Or the local police officer who got word of a trafficking situation outside of his jurisdiction and needs us to alert the anti-trafficking task force in that county.
We work closely with thousands of service providers around the country to connect survivors with the right local resources to get help and stay safe. But each of those calls also gives us crucial data — data that we can analyze to gain a clearer picture into how and where traffickers operate. Only then can we know what it will take to stop them from harming more people.