Welcome to the AMWA PATH Monthly Newsletter.
This is a monthly series in research and advocacy news summaries created by the PATH residents and medical students. Newsletters will feature brief breakdowns on some of the most recent scholarly publications as well as policy changes and other news related to human trafficking.
2015 NHTRC Annual Report Highlights
Source: National Human Trafficking Resource Center, final data published Feb 2016
Between January 1st 2015 to December 31st 2015 the national human trafficking center hotline received almost 22,000 phone calls, 1,275 emails and over 1,500 online tip reports. The top three caller types were community members, victims of trafficking, and NGO Representatives. Medical professionals and friends of victims were equally represented in call volume, and twice as frequently represented as legal, educational, and mental health professionals. About 40% of callers discovered the hotline via internet web search and referral.
Location and Industry
The top 5 states by call volume were California, Texas, Florida, Ohio, New York. A total of 5544 cases of potential human trafficking were identified. The top five venues of potential trafficking were commercial front brothels, hotels and motels, online ads, residential brothels, and street based. Sex trafficking represented about 75% of total cases while Labor represented about 13% of cases. Of note there were 6 cases identified in the health care industry.
Potential Victim Demographics
About 30% of potential victims reported the United States as their country of origin, with International victims originating from a variety of different countries, the 2nd and 3rd highest being Mexico and China with 2% and 1.4% respectively. About 15% of Labor trafficking victims were minors, however fully 33% of sex trafficking victims were minors. About half of Labor trafficking victims were male and about half were female. With regards to sex trafficking cases 91.4% or female and 4.1% were male.
NHTRC 24 HOTLINE 1-888-373-7888: This hotline provides 24 hour services for reporting tips, crisis assistance, referral directory, and other resources.
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