There may be one or more times during our life when we encounter a situation that resembles a possible human trafficking situation. How do we report it? It is important to remember that human trafficking case reports are welcomed by the organizations listed, as well as by your local law enforcement. You may be the only hope a victim has for being found and assisted.
Homeland Security notes “Do not at any time attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to your suspicions”. They stress that this protocol is for the safety of the victim and the reporter (yourself). Call one of the numbers provided or your local law enforcement (911).
There are several options for reporting cases. A few of them are discussed below.
Homeland Security offers a phone number for potential witnesses to report cases through. They refer victims to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Homeland security connects trafficked victims with services to help them through the recovery process. However, if the victim is not a U.S. citizen, only short-term assistance (Continued Presence) and visas (U visas and T visas) are offered, and this assistance is only offered “to encourage victims to come forward and work with law enforcement”.
Reporter information: Call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (1-866-347-2423) (available 24/7), or fill out form at www.ice.gov/tips.
The National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH) runs a toll-free service for witnesses and victims. NHTH does not require callers to identify themselves, however cases will be reported to authorities if they believe a caller or a minor is in danger. NHTH is not law enforcement, therefore they will only pass the report along to the appropriate department of the appropriate agency for whatever kind of case the report is about.
Reporter information: 1-888-373-7888
Victim information: Contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).
An online tip form can also be filled out by witnesses or victims at the link provided above.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children can be contacted when there is a potential case of the exploitation of a child. This could include human trafficking or pornography, etc.
Reporter information: 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678)
Please take potential human trafficking cases seriously. Observe without interfering, (if at all possible), and report.