Human trafficking may not look like you think

This week’s story is unique in its actual details, but it confirms the overall problem. What you expect to see when you think about human trafficking if often very different than actually what’s happening.

WCRB-TV in Chattanooga covers the story of Hannah Blair, a 21-year-old who met someone that really seemed like “Mister Right.” Within a short time, he proved to be “Mr. Wrong”, and began trafficking her to friends and others.

Luckily, Hannah escaped and met up with the people of Love’s Arm, an outreach program that helps people victimized by trafficking, prostitution, addiction, and abuse.

Hannah’s story is one that is common amongst young people that have already lived troubled lives, and are desperately looking for someone to love and look after them. Traffickers know this and will be the “perfect” partner for weeks or months until they gain the full trust of the victim. At that point, everything changes and the target is usually deep into trafficking trouble.

If you can, donate to Love’s Arm. They are out and about in the city, meeting victims each day and offering a way out when they are ready to cut the cord with their traffickers.

Originally published at Stop Human Trafficking Website.

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Writer & photographer in print & online. Proud husband, father & grandfather. Engaged volunteer with Red Cross, human trafficking prevention & social concerns.

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Doug Bardwell

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Writer & photographer in print & online. Proud husband, father & grandfather. Engaged volunteer with Red Cross, human trafficking prevention & social concerns.

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