News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend, 

Today, I want to take a moment to raise awareness about a global crisis. Currently, on every continent and in every nation, millions of human beings are being sold and enslaved, forced into labor and prostitution against their will. 

This month is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. This crisis – although operating in the shadows – is becoming more and more apparent to us all. In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands are trafficked in by transnational drug cartels and criminal organizations. The Justice Department estimates there are more than 200,000 children across the U.S. “at risk” of trafficking.

Human trafficking is a nearly 30 billion dollar per year enterprise, with thousands of innocent children trafficked annually.

There is work we can do at home to combat this growing problem.

I believe that Congress must do everything within its power and authority to ensure that resources, and judicial tools are being used to improve prosecutions, protect victims and prevent future trafficking. However, while Congress must do its part, you can also be a part of protecting those at risk. 

Here are some resources to help learn more about human trafficking, and ways you can identify when it is happening: 

  • An overview of what human trafficking is can be found here
  • Myths and misconceptions about human trafficking can be, visit here
  • Indicators of human trafficking, click here.
  • Stories of human trafficking, learn more from those who have experienced to better understand how this occurs, here

To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, call 1-866-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to 233733.  


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