We had the opportunity to talk with Brian and Season Russo, Founders of Eye Heart World, about human trafficking, its effects, and how their organization is fighting to end it.
Human trafficking is the business of buying and selling people for the purpose of physical or sexual exploitation. It is modern day slavery.
HERE ARE THE FACTS as reported on Eye Heart World and Polaris Project Websites:
Vulnerable people are trafficked in the commercial sex trade and labor industry every day in America.
70% of underaged U.S. victims were previously or are currently a part of the foster care system.
The average age of entry into forced prostitution is 12 - 14 years old.
In 2014, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline received multiple reports of human trafficking cases in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C. Read more hotline statistics here.
More than 18,000 total cases of human trafficking have been reported to the NHTRC hotline in the last eight years. The hotli