People are being trafficked in the United States and right here in Pennsylvania every day. While there is very little if anything that is not shocking about trafficking, the thing I find most appalling is that the average age of a U.S. female to be forced to enter into sex trafficking is only 12 years old. Young girls are forced into horrible situations and we have a chance to give them a way out!
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline Notification Act (HB 235/SB 338) is a bill that would assist victims of human trafficking by requiring key establishments to post the toll-free 24-hour hotline number so victims can call for help. The posting of the hotline will provide access to help for victims and act as an outlet for tipsters. Identifying victims and providing a centralized venue for reporting tips is the key to enforcing the law and uncovering this hidden crime.
How can you help today? There are many ways to take action and you are welcome to do any or all of the following:
- Call your state legislator. You can find your Senator and Representative here. Below is a sample script for your call:
My name is ________ and I live in your district. I am calling to ask Representative/Senator__________ to support the National Human Trafficking Hotline Act (HB 235/ SB 338). This important bill would help end human trafficking in Pennsylvania and assist victims of this horrific crime by requiring the 24-hour hotline to be posted in certain establishments so victims can call for help. Can I count on Representative/Senator ___________ to support this life-saving legislation? Thank you for your time and consideration.
- Post a message on your state legislators’ Facebook page. Find your member’s page here.
Representative/Senator____________ help end human trafficking in Pennsylvania by supporting the National Human Trafficking Hotline Act. This bill will provide a life line to victims of trafficking throughout Pennsylvania. Can I count on you to support this life saving bill?
- Send a message to your state legislator through Twitter. Find your member’s page here.
@_________ can I count on you to help end human trafficking in PA by supporting the National Human Trafficking Hotline Act? Anti-#trafficking [Please note you may have to tailor this message based on the length of your member’s name on Twitter to keep within the 140 character limit]
- When you are all done, be sure to post why you took part in this action to end human trafficking on the Philadelphia Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition’s Facebook page. Let us know your thoughts and let us know if any of the legislators respond to your posts or tweets!
For more information on Human Trafficking and to find other ways you can help visit the Philadelphia Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition’s website.