Editor’a Note: The excerpt below refers to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. This is the number: 1-888-3737-888. If you are the victim of human trafficking, or just observe human trafficking activity, call this number 27/7.
When I tell people I work on the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline, the most common reaction I get is, “Wow, that must be hard.” Usually I respond that no, it’s not hard, because I love being able to help people. But the truth is, sometimes it is hard. The hardest part, after hearing a story of cruelty and abuse, is doing your best to help but not knowing how the story ends. But then there are those moments when we learn about a victim who was able to escape and find shelter after she called us, or a trafficker who was brought to justice, and the hard work becomes so worthwhile.