Monday, June 19, 2006

Nashville, new home for human trafficking relief

World Relief, Inc., has made Nashville one of four locations for the Network of Emergency Trafficking Services. While many Americans seem to turn a blind eye to the idea of human trafficking in the U.S., the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 20,000 people a year are trafficked into America. Honestly, I fear that number may even be a bit on the low side. The network will offer assistance in shelter, health and legal services to human trafficking victims, and also help raise awareness of the issue, offering training in how to identify and respond to victims of human trafficking.

Human trafficking has long been a big concern in Greece, as the country provides easy access to Eastern European nations, where human trafficking is a large problem. But every country in the world needs to take efforts to curb human trafficking seriously, so maybe someday we can put an end to this horrible act.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a brochure with all kinds of information about human trafficking, including how to identify possible trafficking victims and how to talk to them.

5 comments:

Rick in Nashville said...

So, "slavery" is now called, "human trafficking"?

melusina said...

Well, both terms can be used and are used, but a lot of times if people hear the term "slavery" they only think about pre-Civil War U.S.

Rick in Nashville said...

...and thats just idiotic.

melusina said...

Honestly, is there much about the way people think about things that isn't idiotic anymore?

Rick in Nashville said...

Touche.