National Human Trafficking Awareness

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In 2017, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received 331 calls related to human trafficking in Pennsylvania. "With 3.5 million professional truck drivers on America's roads, the industry and truck drivers are in a valuable position to help identify and report possible human trafficking cases".

For years, Pennsylvania resident Catherine "Cat" Rojas lived a life filled with sexual exploitation. Her trafficker has been convicted and sentenced to 18 years in prison, a step that helped her recover.

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If you suspect that someone is a victim, Davis said don't hesitate to call the authorities and let them know. There are two types of human trafficking sex and trade, this is considered modern day slavery. About six months later, the man took her for a so-called audition or photo shoot for a retailer. Gaining the trust of a victim, in a safe non-judgmental environment is important to assist the patient. Are the individuals you see withdrawn, afraid to talk or is their communication censored? "No. 2, it's a stigma, a shame, and, No. 3, they don't want to get deported".

"There isn't just one stereotype of someone who is being trafficked or just one stereotype of a person who is doing the trafficking. It does not discriminate", Rojas said. It's happening to girls that come from good homes.

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Human trafficking is a form of slavery, involving victims who are sexually exploited or forced to provide free labor, or both.

"Human trafficking in a rural setting looks very different than an urban setting, and it's also, at least from my perspective, much more risky because of the lack of resources, the lack of ability to identify it, and the whole concept that the entire family is involved".

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1532) will bar people from driving a commercial motor vehicle for life if they have used such a vehicle to commit a felony related to human trafficking. In collaboration with the Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association, every state transit agency director also has been trained. Right now, Cruz and Deutch said, the information is tightly held, and not even law enforcement can comb through the data to figure out patterns: who's disappearing, which unscrupulous employment services brought them to the country, which employers were involved. Tuesday afternoon the Central Valley Community Foundation gave a $10,000 grant to pledge to stop human trafficking. The Kentucky Child Protection hotline can be reached at 877-597-2331; the Office of the Attorney General at 502-696-5300; or the National Human Trafficking hotline at 888-373-7888.

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