We Fight Against Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is a crime that has been hidden in plain sight. It is our responsibility to raise awareness and educate the community on what is human trafficking. We are committed to having the discussion at local churches, organizations and schools. We host onsite training, seminars awarenessyand aon a consistent basis to have a greater impact..
Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations.
Effective prevention efforts address the tactics of human traffickers head on. With the dissemination of accurate and targeted information, communities will be better prepared to respond to the threat of human trafficking. Strategic intervention programs can reach at-risk populations before they are faced with the deceitful recruitment practices of those bent on exploiting them for labor or commercial sex.
In the United States, the FBI estimates that over 100,000 children are victims of sex trafficking. Foster children are particularly vulnerable to falling victim to sex trafficking and other forms of human trafficking. Many girls who leave foster care, and don’t have another home to transition into, are trafficked into prostitution oftentimes, where they are routinely subject to physical abuse, substance abuse and violence.
LWSC Community Circle is working to change the narrative in and around the nation—one home at a time. We know that by providing a safe, loving home for at-risk youth including those who are transitioning out of foster care, we can change the city, the state and even our nation. As a catalyst of change in and around our community, we have pledged to be the bridge by which people who are in need get connected to resources they need to live a life of fulfillment and wholeness.
To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH), call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733). The NHTH can help connect victims with service providers in the area and provides training, technical assistance, and other resources. The NHTH is a national, toll-free hotline available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. The NHTH is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization funded by the Federal government.