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Human trafficking on the rise in US

90464f4a1755629aaec8f35656f196af_LAccording to a new report, human trafficking remains a staggering problem in the United States, with hundreds of thousands of people forced to provide labor or commercial sex to survive.
According to the report released Thursday by the Polaris Project, a nonprofit organization that works to combat and prevent modern-day slavery, more than 9,000 cases of potential human trafficking were recorded in the US between 2007 and 2012.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), a program of Polaris Project, has experienced a 259 percent increase in calls reporting trafficking cases since 2008.
The NHTRC received reports of 9,298 unique cases of human trafficking. Of those cases, 64 percent involved sex trafficking, 22 percent involved labor trafficking and nearly 3 percent involved both sex and labor trafficking. An additional 12 percent were unspecified.
Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris Project said, “With hundreds of thousands of people forced to provide labor or commercial sex right here in the US, we are fundamentally working to preserve and restore freedom to exploited men, women, and children” .
Myles said Many Americans assume human trafficking is a third-world issue while a largely silent population of people in the US is being exploited.

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