It’s not just happening overseas. Human trafficking in the United States has exploded to a 9.8 billion dollar industry, making it a more lucrative enterprise than any NFL club. This year, United Way is hitting the streets during football’s largest event to tackle the issue head-on and provide resources to combat this crime.
Our first step? Supporting the 2-1-1 information and referral hotline* and empowering Super Bowl-goers with knowledge to recognize the signs of human trafficking. If you or anyone you know is experiencing the following, please dial 2-1-1 or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 to report what you see:
- Not free to come or go as he/she wishes
- Showing signs of abuse, confinement, or torture
- Lacking control of his or her own identification documents
- Lacking knowledge of whereabouts
- Any minor under the age of 18 engaging in commercial sex
*For the past 15+ years, 2-1-1 has served communities across the country. Last year, the service fielded over 17 million contacts and this number continues to grow year-over-year. For more information please visit call211.org.