The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is very excited to share our 2014 annual hotline statistics report. Every year the NHTRC produces public reports highlighting key statistics and trends communicated through signals to the hotline. In 2014, we received a total of24,062 signals which include 21,431 calls,1,482 online tip reports, and 1,149 emails. The 2014 annual report includes non-personally identifying aggregate statistics based on region, trafficking type, and victim and survivor demographics to identify trends and patterns that can help inform anti-trafficking prevention and intervention efforts at the local, state, and national levels. Learn more and view up-to-date and past hotline statistics.
2014 Highlights: Victims and survivors of human trafficking made 2,713 calls to the hotline in 2014, a 26% increase over the previous year. This increase in victims and survivors accessing the NHTRC is encouraging and reflects a growing awareness of human trafficking and enhanced identification efforts within local communities and among anti-trafficking practitioners and other frontline professionals (e.g. healthcare professionals, educators) who are working with at-risk populations. There is still much work to be done to ensure that the hotline number is known by those who need it most. The NHTRC has created outreach cards to assist first responders and other practitioners who regularly interact with human trafficking victims and other at-risk populations in identifying victims of Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking.
None of our work would be possible without the dedicated law enforcement and service providers who go above and beyond to respond to trafficking tips and victim service requests received by the hotline. Analyn’s* case is one such example:
Analyn had come to the United States to work as a domestic worker and her employers had promised that she would work 6 days a week, receive one day off every week, and she would earn a fair wage for her work. Instead, she was expected to be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and was paid irregularly. Furthermore, Analyn’s employers threatened her with deportation often and she believed that if she left, they would report her to immigration authorities. Analyn wanted help leaving and was not ready to speak with law enforcement. The NHTRC reached out to a local service provider partner to support Analyn as she prepared to leave. Initially, Analyn wanted to find a safe place to stay on her own, so the service provider offered to provide her with transportation. However, when Analyn’s shelter plans fell through, the service provider made multiple calls and tapped into local resources to coordinate shelter at a permanent safe house. Through conversations with Analyn, the service provider, and the NHTRC, a plan was set in place for Analyn to leave. The service provider met Analyn near her employer’s home and took her to meet with a pro-bono immigration attorney, shortly before taking her to the safe house. With the service provider’s advocacy, Analyn was able to access necessary social services, had a safe place to stay, and continued to work with an immigration attorney to obtain a T-Visa.
* Names, locations, and other identifying information have been changed and/or omitted to preserve the confidentiality of the people we serve.