The Minnesota Criminals blog has written several blogs in the past about the hideous crime of human trafficking. Criminals transport women, girls, boys and men for sex trade and other forced labor. An estimated 800,000 people are forced into commercial sex trade each year according to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency).
Now ICE is bringing this crime to the attention to everyone with its new ad campaign, “Hidden in Plain Sight.” This campaign seeks to encourage community members to report human trafficking if they observe it. Through posters, billboards and transit signs the message is on display in several major cities that include St. Paul, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami and San Antonio.
Some victims may be lured by the false promise of prosperity. However, once committed to the trafficker they are forced to work as sex slaves, sweat-shop employees, domestic servants or fruit pickers, according to ICE. These victims do not speak the language of the country where they are taken and traffickers conceal victims’ travel and identity documents. Criminal traffickers may also threaten to harm their victims and families if they try to escape.
That is why ICE needs your help to stop human trafficking. If you see a situation that may not be right, contact your local police or ICE immediately.