Spotting signs of human trafficking for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month


January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. It’s estimated that there are 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.

Associate Visiting Professor of Law, Sheila Hayre, and Amanda Szyszkiewicz, a second year law student, joined Good Morning Connecticut at Nine to elaborate on the issue and talk about how Quinnipiac University is helping people spot the signs of human trafficking.

Accurate statistics for human trafficking are hard to come by because there is a lot of underreporting, but there are an estimated 20-30 million slaves in the world today. This number includes men, women, and children who are victims of labor and sex trafficking worldwide. 

In 2016, there were 201 unique cases of child sex trafficking in Connecticut. The victims in 2016 were 183 girls, 17 boys and one minor who identified as transgender.  Referrals are way up from the just over 40 cases in 2012.  

On Wednesday night, Hayre and the students will lead a free training session in the School of Law Center to help people to spot human trafficking patterns. Anyone can attend. 

Since last year, the law students have been training hotel and motel workers about spotting trafficking patterns in their establishments. They are now looking to expand that training to medical professionals. 

For more information, watch the video above.

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