How safe workplaces cope with human trafficking?

The primary targets

Even though males suffer this as well, female victims continue to be the primary targets, where both adults and minors are vulnerable. In 2020 the Human Trafficking Hotline reported that there were 10,583 human trafficking cases reported out of 51,667 contacts with authorities and a total of 13,594 calls were made by victims and survivors. States such as California, Texas, Florida, New York and Georgia lead the highest numbers of reported cases.

What can be done?

Even when these numbers are highly worrying, many cases go unreported. Experts and authorities say that organizations such as hotels, healthcare facilities or any other place where victims may have a touchpoint, can take action by reaching out to workers and implementing proper training that allows staff to recognize, report and respond to suspected human trafficking. Just like this case in Georgia, where thanks to the proper training and tools nurses were able to recognize a victim of human trafficking at their hospital.

  • Be aware of state laws, regulations or initiatives that apply to your workplace.
  • Know your supply chain. Learn about their processes to ensure there aren’t any organizations that might be colluded in human trafficking.
  • Look out for red flags. Does he/she show signs of being denied food, water, sleep or medical care? Does he/she have limited freedom of movement? Stay aware of indicators that can possible show a victim of human trafficking.
  • Have reporting protocols. Call local law enforcement at 911 or National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1–888–373–7888. Calling authorities in a discrete way is key.

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Everyday 1,000 employees lose their life while at work. We mitigate the safety risks that employees face by providing wearables that activates the right help.