Human trafficking, referred to as modern day slavery, is a growing global and national concern, yet few are aware of this epidemic's presence in the Greater Cincinnati area. Local organizations such as End Slavery Cincinnati, The Salvation Army, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center have taken strides to educate the public on the presence of sex and labor trafficking in Cincinnati and to urge action in the community to combat the problems.
In 2012, The Salvation Army partnered with End Slavery Cincinnati, now approaching its 5th year as the anti-human trafficking coalition serving the city, in order to expand the resources and services available locally to address and combat human trafficking in our community. The services include emergency response, outreach, comprehensive care and case management for victims of trafficking. The initiative also promotes public awareness of human trafficking, and builds critical relationships with law enforcement.
On this episode of Focus, Erin Meyer (Anti-Human Trafficking Program Coordinator at The Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati and Coalition Manager at End Slavery Cincinnati) and Luke Blocker (Director of National Strategic Initiatives at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center) talk about the presence of human trafficking in Cincinnati and what actions are being done to end it.
For more information about human trafficking in Cincinnati, and what you can do to help, visit the links below:
The Salvation Army in Greater Cincinnati's Anti-Human Trafficking Program
Greater Cincinnati Human Trafficking hotline: 513-800-1863
End Slavery Cincinnati:
Human Trafficking in 2013 Event Series: www.endslaverycincinnati.org/events/event-series2013
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center:
Slavery Today Exhibit: http://freedomcenter.org/slavery-today