• Human trafficking is not a choice. A person cannot consent to become enslaved. Victims want to escape, but cannot. 

• Human trafficking is not smuggling. Smuggling is transportation; trafficking is exploitation.

• Human trafficking does not require that a victim be moved over state or international borders. 

• Approximately 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked in the U.S. every year. 

• Human trafficking is a $32 billion global industry 


• 40% of human trafficking cases involve the sexual exploitation of a child. 

• Between 100,000 and 300,000 children are at risk for sexual exploitation in the U.S. and the victim average age is 11 to 14 years old.

• It is estimated that 76 percent of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the Internet. 


Warning signs of someone being trafficked include: signs of physical abuse, unexplained absences from class, less appropriately dressed than before, sexualized behavior, withdrawn or distracted, older boyfriend, new tattoo (tattoos are often used as a way to brand victims) of a name, symbol of money or barcode, and signs of gang affliation.  

If you think you have identified a victim of human trafficking, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at: 1-888-3737-888 (CONFIDENTIAL CALL) This is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Call to: 

• Report a tip.

• Connect with anti-trafficking services in your area.

• Request training and technical assistance, general information or specific anti-trafficking resources.


Michigan Department of Attorney General - http://www.michigan.gov/humantrafficking 

Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force - http://www.humantrafficking.msu.edu

University of Michigan Human Trafficking Clinic -http://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/humantraffickingclinicalprogram 

Michigan Abolitionist Project - http://michiganabolitionistproject.org

Shared Hope -  http://sharedhope.org/ 

The Polaris Project -http:// www.polarisproject.org

U.S. Department of State - Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons -http:// www.state.gov/g/tip/

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/humantrafficking.shtm

Human Trafficking Local Michigan Resource & Survivor Websites - http://www.traffickfree.comhttp://www.manassehproject.orghttp://www.hopeprojectusa.org/

One thing we can all do is pray and we encourage you to pray for the victims of trafficking each day. Below is a prayer.