CitizenLink: Ads Highlight Victims of Human Trafficking

from staff reports

Victims and people who know of victims are directed to call a national center.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services has launched a public service campaign to draw attention to
human trafficking victims.

The campaign involves video ads as well as large billboards in
select cities that say, “Look beneath the surface, a victim of
trafficking may look like many of the people you see every day.”

Martha Newton, a director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement for
HHS, said, “if something doesn’t seem right about the
situation, perhaps it’s a young worker who isn’t allowed to
leave.”

The ads point victims and those who know of victims to a toll-free
number for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center: (888)
373-7888.

Lisa Thompson, who heads the Salvation Army’s efforts to combat
trafficking in persons, told Family News in Focus that “everybody can
play a part in fighting trafficking.”

“This is really, for the first time, giving the general public that
chance to play that role so that they can be sensitized a little bit
about what trafficking is.”

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