According to the Polaris Project’s hotline statistics, the number of hotline calls has risen pretty consistently over the last several years.
And though we know that human trafficking is both the fastest growing and second largest illegal industry in the world, the uptick in calls is likely more attributable to an increase in awareness to the indicators of victimization and the growing availability of victims’ services. Which means the awareness and advocacy work of both individuals and organizations is having a positive effect.
So as we transition to 2014, reflect on what a monumental year it has been in the fight to stop human trafficking, what with 11 states improving thier Polaris Project policy rankings to the top tier! And I have faith that things will only get better from here.