(KAIT) - Data from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (NHTRC) shows 36 human trafficking cases in Arkansas were reported to the NHTRC in 2015.
That number includes 29 cases of sex trafficking and 6 cases of labor trafficking.
In May 2015, Arkansas State Police arrested 28-year-old Amber Johnson in Little Rock after she was accused of prostituting her two teenaged cousins.
The number of reported human trafficking cases in Arkansas was slightly lower in 2014, with 21 cases reported.
Since 2007, there have been 112 human trafficking cases in Arkansas reported to the NHTRC.
Nearly 6,000 cases of human trafficking were reported in the United States and overseas to the NHTRC and Polaris' BeFree Textline in 2015.
The hotline allows friends, family members, service providers, community members, and others to call in and help identify potential trafficking victims.
"From the domestic servant forced to work for little pay who required emergency shelter to the young girl made to sell sex online against her will who texted us for crisis support, survivors of human trafficking are reaching out to the national hotline more than ever," said Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris. "The national human trafficking hotline is a lifeline for victims of modern slavery in America. More survivors calling the national hotline means more women, children, and men are being connected to life-changing support through the incredible work of more than 3,000 service provider partners across the country."
Key 2015 data for the United States at the national level includes:
- National Human Trafficking Resource Center
- 5,544 cases of human trafficking reported in the U.S.
- Of those cases:
- 4,136 (75%) were sex trafficking
- 721 (13%) were labor trafficking
- 1,660 (30%) involved U.S. citizens
- 1,041 (19%) involved foreign nationals
- Polaris's BeFree Textline
- 177 cases of human trafficking reported in the U.S.
- Of those cases:
- 146 (82%) were sex trafficking
- 11 (6%) were labor trafficking
If you want to report a tip of suspected of human trafficking or know someone who needs help, you can call the NHTRC at 1-888-373-7888 or send a text message to Polaris at 233733 or "BeFree".
The BeFree textline operates from 3:00 pm- 11:00 pm EST.
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