Help ATC Put a STOP to HUMAN TRAFFICKING
DID YOU KNOW that human trafficking is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world earning criminals more than $32 billion each year?
DID YOU KNOW that human trafficking is not just happening overseas?
Nearly 300,000 U.S. children are at risk of being trafficked; that the National Human Trafficking Resource Center received over 200 calls from across Louisiana last year; and, that over 100 trafficking related arrest have been made in Louisiana this year? This heinous crime is a serious problem and it is taking place right here in our own backyard…
Human trafficking is modern day slavery; it is the holding of people through force, fraud or coercion where the victim is not free to leave and the trafficker receives proceeds from the victim’s labor. Commercial sex exploitation and forced labor are the two most common types of human trafficking in the U.S. and over 50% of the victims are children. The average age of entrance into human trafficking is 12-14 years for girls and 11-13 years for boys. What’s worse is that 75% of minors engaged in prostitution have a pimp who can earn up to $632,000 per year through their exploitation of our children.
Statistics suggest that businesses commonly considered trafficking “hubs” include truck stops, bars, restaurants, convenience stores and hotels/motels. Typically, these types of businesses are utilized by traffickers unbeknownst to the business owners. However, you, as a law-abiding citizen, can join ATC in taking an active stance against traffickers and send a clear message that their criminal activity will not be tolerated in our state simply by agreeing to participate in our campaign to bring awareness to this very serious issue.
ATC encourages all business owners to work with us in the fight against human trafficking by displaying the enclosed human trafficking hotline awareness posters in a visible location within your establishment, such as in your public restrooms. Please contact Olivia Pitts at (225) 925-4602 if you would like additional posters to hang in your business or if you would like to obtain additional information about human trafficking and other things that your business can do to help combat this horrific crime against humanity.