National Slavery & Human Trafficking Month

Modern Day Slavery

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Did you know?

There are an estimated 20.9 Million people trapped in some form of slavery today. It’s sometimes called “Modern-Day Slavery” and sometimes “Human Trafficking.”

At all times it is slavery at its core.

Forced labor is most like historic American slavery: coerced, often physically and without pay. All other categories of slavery are a subset of forced labor and can include domestic servitude, child labor, bonded labor and forced sex.



What is the definition of human trafficking?

The United States defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation. It takes on many forms today.



Facts & Figures

Every day, around the world and even in Iowa, human traffickers are targeting victims to enter the heinous world of human trafficking, including sex and labor trafficking. But the truth is, statistics about this dark and evil industry are hard to know for certain due to the shadows where these victims are forced to live.

Chains Interrupted has shared the available facts and figures with all to better understand human trafficking’s effect in Iowa and abroad.


How to Get Help

If you’re a survivor of human trafficking, we’re here for you and you aren’t alone. Contact Chains Interrupted today if you need help getting home, or if you want to know more about resources available.
Your voice is heard.

Recognize the Signs

Not sure how to tell if you’re in contact with a human trafficking situation? Do you think you’ve seen concerning behavior at a rest stop or hotel? Learn more about how to recognize the signs of human trafficking in action, and how you can help alert the proper authorities to stop it.

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