Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and it's happening right here in the United States.

Polaris Project: For a World Without Slavery

One of the worst things that humans have done in the past is engage in the trafficking of our fellow human beings for labor or sex. It is beyond me how any person could be in the business of trading another regardless of the reason. And sad to say, to the shame of us all, this practice continues to this day.

I was at a coffee shop aka Starbucks last week when I came across three young ladies one of whom was holding a placard with a face of a very young looking female.

They told me it was the face of a girl from Russia who was brought to the U.S. under false promises and forced to work in the sex industry once she came to the country. The ladies I met were out on the streets that day trying to raise awareness about human trafficking as part of the Polaris Project.

Founded in 2001, Polaris Project is one of the leading organizations in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Named after the North Star "Polaris" that guided slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project is working at transforming the way that individuals and communities respond to human trafficking, in the U.S. and globally.

By successfully pushing for stronger federal and state laws, operating the confidential, 24-hour, toll-free National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888), conducting trainings, and providing vital services to victims of trafficking, Polaris Project aims to create long-term solutions that move society closer to a world without slavery.

If you believe you are a victim of human trafficking or may have information about a potential trafficking situation, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC). Hotline Call Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to take reports from anywhere in the country related to potential trafficking victims, suspicious behaviors, and/or locations where trafficking is suspected to occur. All reports are confidential and Interpreters are available.

The Polaris Project website is full of resources and information about what to do and who to contact. Do visit yourself and also spread the word so that we can help rid our world of the evils of slavery in all its forms.

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