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 the following methods to lure victims into trafficking situations:
Language barriers, fear of their traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement frequently keep victims from seeking help, making human trafficking a hidden crime. Traffickers look for people who are easy targets for a variety of reasons, including:
The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings.
Some indications that a person may be a victim of human trafficking include (especially in the case of women and children):
Join the fight. Consider offering your time and financial support to organizations that provide services to victims. Men can speak out against johns who purchase minors for sex. Parents, parent-teacher organizations and schools can help educate children about how to protect themselves online. Doctors, nurses and hospitality and travel industry workers can seek training to identify victims and help them access services.
Contributions are welcomed and are 100% tax-deductible.
Please make checks payable to “DHHS – Human Trafficking Fund” and send to:
Dept. of Health and Human Services, Director's Office
Attn: Grant Management Unit
400 West King Street, Suite 300
Carson City, NV 89703
Each one of us can do something to combat sex trafficking. The fight to end the exploitation of human trafficking victims continues. Join us.
The Department of Health and Human Services has implemented a policy of standardized procedures for the distribution of funds from the Contingency Account for Victims of Human Trafficking. The policy and an assistance request form can be accessed here:
The Contingency Account for Victims of Human Trafficking was created by NRS 217.500 and became effective July 1, 2013. The legislation authorizes the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services to allocate money from the Account to nonprofit corporations and agencies and political subdivisions of this State for the purposes of establishing or providing programs and services to victims of human trafficking.
Please note that funds cannot be disbursed directly to individuals. If you are a victim in need of assistance in Nevada, please phone 2-1-1 to be referred to a local organization or agency that can assist you.
The Nevada Attorney General's website includes a list of service providers for victims in Nevada, as well as contact information for reporting instances of human trafficking.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center provides help for victims nationwide. Call 1-888-373-7888 or text "HELP" or "INFO" to BeFree (233733).
To report suspected human trafficking nationwide, contact the US Department of Homeland Security at 1-866-347-2423. For additional information, visit their Blue Campaign webpage.
How to Identify Victims of Human Trafficking while Traveling, CNN article and video posted at CNN.com.
SOAR Online is a new series of CE/CME training modules that you can complete whenever, wherever you like. Each module discusses the SOAR framework and how to apply it where you work to identify individuals who are at risk or who have been trafficked and connect them with the resources they need.
2017 Arizona State University: A Six-Year Analysis of Sex Traffickers
2017 Polaris Report: The Typology of Modern Slavery
2018 Nevada Report Card (sharedhope.org)
Fact Sheet: Human Trafficking - Webpage (hhs.gov)
Fact Sheet: Human Trafficking - PDF (hhs.gov)
January 11th is HT Awareness Day #WearBlueDay. Blue Campaign Link
Xquisite and local and state leaders for this important event on January 11th. Event Page Link
Awaken: January 10th, 6-7:30pm (Info About the Issue of Sex Trafficking in Northern Nevada) - January 17th, 6-7:30pm (Parents’ Night) - January 24th, 6-7:30pm (Volunteer Informational) https://awakenreno.org
RISE: Message from RISE Program Director Brittany Hopballe:
“We are excited to be able to host a space for you all to show off the awesome work you are doing in the community and through the Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force. We will be holding the Quarterly Collaborative on January 18th in honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and would love for you to join us. Please see the flyer below & click on “Register Here” to sign up to showcase your agency. The deadline to apply is January 3. We hope to see you all there! Please reach out to Brittany at email@example.com if you have any questions!”