Awareness about the prevalence of sex-trafficking in the United States, particularly in Philadelphia, has recently increased and the common myth that trafficking is only a problem overseas is finally being debunked.
A recent article in Philly.com, NE Philly teen's sex-slave experience is all too common, suggests that, “…Philly's location creates a particularly attractive opportunity for the brokers of enslaved women.”
Many organizations in Philadelphia aim to spread awareness and provide victim support services, while also seeking community encouragement and involvement.
Learn more about these five Philly organizations and learn how you can get involved in the fight against trafficking.
1. Bucks Coalition Against Trafficking (BCAT) focuses on eradicating human trafficking in Bucks County through victim identification, community education, enhancement of arrests and prosecution of traffickers, changes to legislation, and a coordinated response of victim services.
2. The Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) supports, counsels and empowers victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes in Bucks County and works to prevent and eliminate violence in society through advocacy, training, community education and prevention programs.
3. The Project to End Human Trafficking (PEHT) works toward the prevention and elimination of trafficking in persons through awareness raising, direct service coordination, capacity building and collaboration with key stakeholders.
4. Freedom & Restoration for Everyone Enslaved (FREE) is a volunteer movement based in Berks County, PA created to mobilize our entire community into effective action against Human Trafficking.
5. Polaris Project disrupts the conditions that allow human trafficking to thrive in our society.
For more information on trafficking in Philadelphia or how to get involved, contact one of these organizations today.
If you are a victim of or suspect human trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center's 24-hour hot line at 1-888-373-7888, or text BeFree (233733).