January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
Sophie Hayes, author of Trafficked, is hosting a live chat on Facebook Tuesday, January 7th at 6 pm EST (3 pm PT).
Join the chat to learn more about human trafficking and ask Sophie questions.
VIDEO: Sophie Hayes on The View with Barbara Walters
To join the chat on January 7, visit https://www.facebook.com/
sourcebooks and click “Chat Now” tab. Copies of TRAFFICKED will be given away every 15 minutes to participants.
- There are an estimated 40,000 men, women and children enslaved in America today—in 83% of confirmed cases, victims are American-born citizens.
- In 1809, the average price of a slave was $40,000. Today, it’s less than $90.
- Total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of $32 billion. It is the fastest-growing business of organized crime in the world.
- Could it happen to you? At 18, Sophie met her abductor as anyone might meet a blind date – out one night at a dance club. Initially cautious, over four years he slowly won her trust.
- Why didn’t she leave? Sophie discusses the mental conditioning of being trafficked by someone you know, countering claims that women willingly stay captive if they don’t immediately attempt escape.
- Where is he now? Sophie’s captor was arrested for an attempted shooting and deported before she could bring charges against him.
- Is someone you know being trafficked? Common signs including not possessing his/her travel documents, living with an employer, and avoiding eye/physical contact.