1. First, don’t try to rescue a victim unless it’s absolutely necessary and you have no other options.
Traffickers are ruthless and members of organized syndicates. You may put your life in danger, not to mention the victim.
2. If you're in the U.S.
Call the National Human Trafficking hotline at 888-3737-888. They may also ask you to call 911.The U.S. Department of Justice also has a hotline where you can report suspected instances of human trafficking or worker exploitation. It is 888-428-7581 (weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET). The
hotline offers translation services in many languages as well as TTY. After business hours, there’s a message service in English, Spanish, Russian, and Mandarin.
3. If you're traveling to another country
Take this link with you. It has the global trafficking hotlines for many countries: www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/other/2011/168859.htm.
4. If you indentify someone who has escaped trafficking and needs help
Many organizations provide specialized immediate assistance and aftercare that trafficking victims need such as shelter, medical care, legal assistance, foreign language translation, and other critical services. Call the National Human Trafficking hotline at 888-3737-888 for referrals in your area.
Excerpted from Audacious: The bold, brave, brazen plan to shut down the global child sex industry, by Diana Scimone