Combat Human Trafficking 

Human trafficking - modern day slavery - is not just a problem in developing nations; estimates show that thousands of men, women, and children are trafficked in the United States each year primarily for sexual or labor exploitation.  In fiscal year 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiated 566 human trafficking investigations, a 31 percent increase over the previous year. ICE's work led to 388 arrests, 148 indictments, and 165 convictions.

Trafficking networks often rely on legitimate businesses to sustain their operations and infrastructure.  Read through the suggested tools below and sign up with the DHS Blue Campaign to combat human trafficking. E-mail bluecampaign@dhs.gov to ask questions about the campaign or to receive periodic updates about news and events related to human trafficking.

Actions You Can Take

  1. Communicate this information to your coworkers and staff. This information is also available as a PDF on DHS.gov. 
  2. Display the Awareness Poster in your office. 
  3. Hand out the Human Trafficking Indicators card
  4. Check out other Department of Homeland Security anti-human trafficking materials on the Blue Campaign Website
  5. Join the Anti-Human Trafficking Group on www.ourborder.ning.com.
  6. Learn more about your responsibilities as an employer
  7. Be a conscientious consumer as you make purchases for your business. Refer to the Department of Labor's List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor
  8. Share your ideas on how the Department and your company can help raise awareness and combat human trafficking.
  9. View the Child Trafficking Webinar on the AH&LA Member Webinar Archive page.

More Resources To Combat Human Trafficking:

Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2010 
Department of Health and Human Services Resources 
Department of Justice Resources 
The Department of Homeland Security: Blue Campaign 
Lodging Security Office Program 
Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking 
Alliance Against Human Trafficking 
The Polaris Project 
ECPAT 
EI Human Trafficking DVD
EI's "The Role of Hospitality in Preventing and Reacting to Child Trafficking" Course
International Tourism Partnership Know-How Guide and Resources to Addressing Human Trafficking  

REPORT SUSPECTED HUMAN TRAFFICKING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT:  Call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at (866) 347-2423.