Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hotline- Be on the look out

A new week has began and lots of ideas are scrolling through my mind.  First of I promised to tell you how you can help on the front lines of human trafficking.

If you come across someone or hear of someone you believe is being trafficked it is really easy to make a difference.  Pick up a phone and call the hotline.  I called the CoNEHT hotline that operates here in Colorado.  It was around 9:30 at night and they answered.  They are 24/7 and are there to help.  I explained the situation that a girl was being pimped out by her boyfriend and she had just been arrested.  We had this small time frame to get her the help she needed.  They gave me the name of a detective that I could work with.  I got a hold of the detective just in time the next morning.  It was said that a pimp was waiting for her to be released.  I never heard back but, this detective assured me no matter what happend in the court she is on his radar and won't be lost for long.

It really is that easy to help.  Just know what to look for, talk to everyone you know about human trafficking and they will come to you.  Polaris Project has a great website on how to educate yourself on what to look for in the united states. They also have a national hotline: 1-888-3737-888. On their website they have seven different fake business to look for. 

  • Fake Massage Business
  • Internet Based
  • Residential Brothels
  • Street Prostitution
  • Hostess & Strip Clubs
  • Escort Services
  • Truck Stops
Some of these make sense now that I mention it.  But the crazy thing is that it can be right in your own back yard.  They don't always hide in seedy parts of town. Let's take a look at a few of these. The girl mentioned above was being held at and Escort Service.  Believe it or not residential brothels can be in really nice parts of town.  There was a really big one shut down in Highlands Ranch, Co which is know as the "family" suburbs.( Denver) (More Denver) Truckers can keep woman and girls against there will in the back of their trucks.  When they are about to pull in to a truck stop they announce they have a "lizard" and start taking bids. 

It's sad that my city Denver is one of the fast growing cities.  How did your city rank?  Check out the Shared Hope website and find out.

Fight the good Fight
Amanda Foltz

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