The National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888) announced it has expanded the modes of communication survivors can use to reach out & get help to include 24/7 SMS texting & online chat services in both English & Spanish. This expansion provides additional, discreet ways for survivors to get connected to support through as many modes of communication as possible.
Previously, communication from survivors & people reporting suspected tips was limited to phone calls, emails, & webforms, as well as limited hours for texting through a separate service provided by the Hotline’s operator, Polaris.
The number of human trafficking cases reported to the National Hotline has increased significantly every year since 2007. More than 7,600 cases were reported in 2016,& 2017 is projected to surpass that number by 10 to 20 percent. More survivors than ever are also reaching out to access services. Polaris will be releasing data in early March on the cases reported to the National Hotline across the entirety of 2017.
Source: Polaris Press Release