Human Trafficking

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This weekend the 53rd NFL Superbowl will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. Amongst the hustle and bustle that comes along with large sporting events, human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking, will see a spike in activity. While it has been hard to gain solid statistics on numbers of individuals who are trafficked during these kinds of events, anecdotal evidence makes it clear that it does happen. The influx of visitors, the celebratory atmosphere, and the potential for higher profits all work together to increase the demand for sex trafficking in these environments.  

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In 2016, the Texas State Secretary established the Texas Businesses Against Trafficking (TBAT) partnership for businesses across the state to stand together against human trafficking. This partnership encourages businesses to adopt a zero tolerance policy for human trafficking, train their employees on how to identify and report human trafficking victims, and encourage the businesses they work with to do the same. Three years later, there are only six businesses in the partnership, including 3rd Millennium Classrooms.

Is Human Trafficking Happening in Your Classroom?

You’ve probably been in school for a little bit by this point and gotten to know your students better. Do any of your students seem “off”? Maybe they don’t quite meet your eyes when they talk to you or they have already had some unexcused absences?

While not always, this could be an indicator of human trafficking. Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit a person for labor or commercial sex. Unfortunately, many of these victims can go unnoticed in your classroom. 

What Can You Do About Human Trafficking?

Modern slavery is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world and generates more than $150 billion USD every year. And despite growing efforts to bring an end to this evil industry, less than 1% of victims are ever rescued. Human trafficking is real, and it’s happening all around us in the largest of cities to the smallest of towns. And while it may feel overwhelming to hear about the atrocities of this industry, there is something you can do about it.