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not natasha,” a photographic essay on eastern european sex trafficked slaves by dana popa

(documentary, the real sex traffic; film, lilya 4-ever)

This is important. Because most of the time - recent central Ohio studies show as high as 92% of cases - girls arrested for (and convicted of) prostitution are actually victims of sexual exploitation. And nothing will change for them, for the girls in these stories, unless law enforcement and communities in general start seeing things differently.

This poster is part of the amped up anti-trafficking awareness campaign in Ohio. Unfortunately, Ohio is home to the city ranked as the 4th most active hub for sex trafficking in the entire nation, but Governor John Kasich is refusing to let this sad reality go unchecked. The posters were distributed at several recent anti-trafficking events, and are meant to be hung in public places (parks, bus stops, school campuses, etc.), an easy way for volunteers to get involved. The goal is to educate Ohioans of the truth about trafficking and provide the contact information for residents to report any suspected trafficking activity. Some parts of the state have a separate regional hotline number in addition to the national one, and most areas have anti-trafficking coalitions in place.
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This poster is part of the amped up anti-trafficking awareness campaign in Ohio. Unfortunately, Ohio is home to the city ranked as the 4th most active hub for sex trafficking in the entire nation, but Governor John Kasich is refusing to let this sad reality go unchecked. The posters were distributed at several recent anti-trafficking events, and are meant to be hung in public places (parks, bus stops, school campuses, etc.), an easy way for volunteers to get involved. The goal is to educate Ohioans of the truth about trafficking and provide the contact information for residents to report any suspected trafficking activity. Some parts of the state have a separate regional hotline number in addition to the national one, and most areas have anti-trafficking coalitions in place.

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January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

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.