According to the Polaris Project, “Human trafficking occurs when a perpetrator, often referred to as a trafficker, … employs the ‘Means’ of force, fraud or coercion for the ‘Purpose’ of compelling the victim to provide commercial sex acts or labor or services.” Our September 2020 article, Louisiana Human Trafficking, described the types of human trafficking and the statistics in Louisiana for who, why and where trafficking occurs.
Did you know that we have an organization in New Orleans committed to the prevention of human trafficking? The Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force is a federally funded organization that is an umbrella for more than 85 member organizations including law enforcement, legal services, medical and social services, and research institutions. These organizations provide outreach, education, research, and collaboration – working together on this complex issue.
The Task Force has a list of hotline resources for crisis/emergency response, legal services, housing and shelter, counseling, and criminal justice advocacy. They provide educational resources to the community to better understand, identify and support survivors.