In Our Backyard
Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It
In recent years, Americans have woken up to the reality that human trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries. But what most still do not understand is that neither is it something that just happens to “other people” such as runaways or the disenfranchised. The human trafficker is no respecter of faith, education, or socioeconomic status, and even kids who are raised in solid families in middle and upper class suburbs can fall victim. Likewise, labor trafficking happens in our cities, neighborhoods, and rural areas.
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by Nita Belles
Nita Belles is the managing director of the nonprofit In Our Backyard” “and the regional director of Central Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (OATH). She works across the nation, helping victims and survivors of human trafficking, and raising awareness about modern slavery. She holds a masters degree in theology with a concentration in women’s concerns.