National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

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11 Jan. Today, federal law enforcement partners from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon, FBI Portland Field Office, and Homeland Security Investigations Seattle Field Office are coming together to commemorate National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and their commitment to combating all forms of human trafficking.

“Trafficking in human beings destroys families and communities and preys on the most vulnerable members of our society. As a federal prosecutor, I have seen the extraordinary suffering endured by survivors and the incredible strength, courage and determination they display in retrieving building their lives. Today is a day when we honor these survivors,” said Natalie Wight, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

“Because of the I-5 corridor, human trafficking remains a huge problem in the state of Oregon and unfortunately our Violent Crime Squad and Child Exploitation Task Force have some of the busiest investigators in the FBI’s Portland office. Traffickers often lure vulnerable victims with promises of a better life and then use violence and manipulation as a means of control,” said Kieran L. Ramsey, Special Agent at the FBI Portland Office. “The FBI, along with our law enforcement partners, works every day to protect the victims who are being exploited against further abuse. Help us help them. If you have information about human trafficking or child exploitation, please contact the police immediately.”

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“Our country values ​​opportunity, and through our many partnerships, we can ensure that those opportunities are not poisoned by criminals who use slavery as brutal means for a harmful purpose,” said Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Robert Hammer, who oversees HSI operations in the Pacific Northwest. “HSI will continue to fight human trafficking, whatever form it takes, and will use our expertise in investigating cross-border crime to prevent the exploitation of people through forced labour, domestic servitude or sex trafficking.”

Human trafficking, also known as human trafficking or modern slavery, is a serious federal crime in which individuals are exploited for labor, services, or commercial sex through force, fraud, or coercion. This compulsion can be subtle or overt, physical or psychological. Exploitation of a minor for commercial sex is human trafficking, regardless of whether any form of violence, fraud or coercion has been used.

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Trafficking victims can be anyone, regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, education level or citizenship status. While there is no defining characteristic common to all victims of trafficking, traffickers around the world often prey on individuals who are poor or vulnerable, live in unsafe or unstable environments, or are seeking a better life.

In the US, victims of human trafficking can be US citizens or foreign nationals. Some of the most vulnerable populations in the U.S. to human trafficking include Native American and Alaskan Native communities, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, undocumented migrants, runaway and homeless youth, temporary guest workers, and low-income individuals.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon is committed to continuing its victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to uncovering hidden trafficking crimes, holding perpetrators accountable, and helping survivors recover lives, while developing strategic partnerships to fight against human trafficking be strengthened.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.

If you believe you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking or has information about a human trafficking situation, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free at 1-888-373-7888 or visit https://humantraffickinghotline.org . You can also text the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 233733.

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Every year since 2010, the president has dedicated this month to raising awareness about the various forms of human trafficking and educating people about this crime and how to recognize it. Visit for more information

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/12/30/a-proclamation-on-national-human-trafficking-prevention-month-2023/.