The numbers are in — and they are alarming.
Officials with the Polaris Project, the Washington-based organization that works to eliminate all form of modern slavery, reported its statistics from the National Human Trafficking.
In 2016, they learned of 8,042 cases of human trafficking, a 35 percent jump over 2015. What’s more, over the last 10 years, the National Human Trafficking Hotline and BeFree Textline have responded to more than 33,680 cases of human trafficking.
The news is not all bad. Numbers spiked over the last year, officials said, because of an increased awareness of trafficking — and of the national hotline. In fact, 24 percent more survivors reached out for help in 2016 than in 2015.
Labor trafficking soared, officials added, by as much as 47 percent, but it still is widely underreported.
Read the full report here, including its key statistics and trends. Working to eliminate human trafficking and modern slavery is one of the key pillars of the Viatorian Community, worldwide.