What is Human Trafficking?

According to the Department of Homeland Security, human trafficking is defined as: "modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act."


"Human trafficking is ... a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 20.9 million people around the world. And no matter where you live, changes are it's happening nearby. From the girl forced into prostitution at a truck stop, to the man discovered in a restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and help against his will. All trafficking victims share one essential experience: the loss of freedom." - Polaris Project


Here in Hampton roads - a highly transient sector with several key ports, highways, and a large population - human trafficking is an issue we are turning our focus too more collectively.


One of our sister shelters, the Samaritan House in Virginia Beach, was recently awarded a large grant to form the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Taskforce - a group that includes shelter, law enforcement, law, and health professionals. Together we are working towards identifying and providing services to victims identified right here in our own neighborhoods.


You can help! To request help or report suspected human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or own local Crisis Coordinated Response Hotline at 757-251-0144.


For more information on trafficking, check out the links to resources below!


What is Stalking?

Stalking is a pattern of behaviors in which a predator watches, follows, harasses, and/or threatens someone. In the 21st century, we can expand this definition to include the acts of tracking someone digitally, planting technology in cell phones or laptops that broadcast current location, hacking into webcams or phone cameras to view someone without their knowledge, and more.


According to the Department of Justice, 14 in every 1000 people will be a victim of stalking in their lifetimes. Stalking is often a factor in domestic violence relationships and human trafficking as well. Many victims experiencing domestic violence report being followed or tracked by their abusers.


If you or someone you know believes they are being stalked, we would encourage you to call 911. In addition, feel free to call the National Victims of Crime Hotline at 855-484-2846. Locally, the Coordinated Crisis Hotline is available 24/7 at 757-251-0144.


For more resources, please see below!

Go-to Resources:

Below are a handful of great resources as well as some stories from survivors of stalking. The first row is human trafficking, the second is stalking. We will continue to add resources in the future! Please contact us to request additional support.


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