Text and Chat another option to report Human Trafficking
Polaris Project who manage the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888) on February 7th 2018 announced an expansion. Besides the national toll free number it now offers text and chat as a form of communication to survivors. Survivors and anyone suspecting suspicious behavior can now also connect around the clock via SMS texting and chatting online. Services are available in English and Spanish.
This is a great move forward in fighting Human Trafficking. Hopes are high that contact will be increasing due to the additional modes of communication.
The 1-888-373-7888 has been highly effective for many years. As text and chat is becoming more and more part of every day life, this is a great move forward. Text or Chat may also be a safer option to communicate. Since 2007 calls to the hotline have increased every year. In 2016 over 7,600 cases were reported. In March the data for 2017 will be published. Predictions are that there has been an increase of up to 20% in the past year.
BeeFree Textline 233733 is the SMS code.
This number was originally launched in 2003 with limited hours. Now this service is available 24/7.
FCAHT is a 501(c)3 focusing on prevention of this crime from growing further. It is vital that local communities are aware of what is happening locally. What should you look out for as in “What are the signs”? More importantly what action to you take when you see suspicious behavior. The Coalition recommends to call the National Human Trafficking Hotline on 1-888-373-7888 or text, chat on 233733. Store this number in your cell phone contacts, so you have it readily available to use or share with others.
The Coalition works closely with local law enforcement across it’s 5 South West Florida Counties. Also first responders, health professionals and our local service providers. Our Service Providers are crucial in providing protection and care to human trafficking survivors.